Byrnes received a Bachelor of Music from The Boston Conservatory in 1995 and a Masters degree in 1999 from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate at Indiana University where he has served as associate instructor of composition. Byrnes’ compositions have been performed in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has received readings and performances by organizations including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Chesapeake Youth Repertory Orchestra and CYSO Flute Choir, Aspen Summer Festival Orchestra, orchestras of Indiana University and Peabody Institute, Kylix new music ensemble, Tonus Percussion Group and the Tarab cello ensemble as well as notable soloists. He has received awards and grants from the American Music Center, National Association of Composers, USA International Harp Competition, Southeastern Composers League, Tampa Bay Composers Forum, ASCAP, The Boston Conservatory, the Deans’ Prize from Indiana University and fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Yaddo. Recent compositions include Cosmopolitan Etudes (Book 1) for piano, Five Pieces for Cello & Piano, Triptyclysm for percussion trio and Persist for eight cellos. He is currently working on a piano concerto commissioned by the Indiana University New Music Ensemble that is scheduled to be premiered in February 2004.
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