On Nov. 21, 2015, nu ensemble performed Stefan Fruend’s "The Soldier Dances with Tom Sawyer," a brilliant mashup of Stravinsky "Solidier’s Tale" and Rush’s "Tom Sawyer."
Stefan Freund received a BM from Indiana University and an MM and a DMA from the Eastman School of Music. He is presently Associate Professor of Composition at the University of Missouri. Previously he was Assistant Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music.
Freund is the recipient of prizes from BMI, ASCAP, MTNA, MU, and the National Society of Arts and Letters. He has received commissions from the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the Lincoln Center Festival, the Phoenix Symphony, the New York Youth Symphony, Town Hall Seattle, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and other ensembles. Internationally, Freund’s music has been played in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Russia, and the UK. His works have been recorded on the Innova, Crystal, and Centaur labels.
Freund is the founding cellist of the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, described by the New York Times as “the future of classical music.” In addition he serves as Music Director of the Columbia Civic Orchestra and the Director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative.