Composer and multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey is celebrated for his incomparable virtuosity, effortless mastery and memorization of highly complex scores, and an extraordinary ability to blend composition and improvisation in his work. He has performed widely with his own ensembles as well as other internationally renowned artists. Named a 2017 MacArthur fellow, he has received commissions from numerous artists, orchestras, and ensembles, including JACK Quartet, Ojai Music Festival, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Opera Philadelphia, McGill-McHale trio, International Contemporary Ensemble, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and Alarm Will Sound, among many others. Sorey has taught and lectured on composition and improvisation at Wesleyan University, New England Conservatory, The University of Michigan, Columbia University, The Banff Centre, Hochschule für Musik Köln, University of California in Berkeley, Harvard University, and The Danish Rhythmic Conservatory. He has been recently appointed the Presidential Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania.