Tina Tallon (b. 1990) is an American composer, computer musician, soprano, and arts documentarian completing her doctoral studies in composition at the University of California, San Diego. Her music has been performed around the world by such esteemed musicians as Ensemble Intercontemporain, wild Up, Talea, HOCKET Duo, Tony Arnold, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Calder Quartet, members of the JACK Quartet, h2 quartet, and Transient Canvas. Her first string quartet, selective defrosting, won grand prize in the 2013 PARMA Student Composer Competition, and luscinia was a winner of the 2018 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. She was also the recipient of a 2016 Barlow Endowment General Commission to support the composition of new work for violist and composer Kurt Rohde for viola and live electronics. Other recent commissioners include the LA Philharmonic, Guerilla Opera, wild Up, Steven Schick and the La Jolla Symphony, HOCKET Duo, the San Jose State University Wind Ensemble, soundSCAPE Festival, and Transient Canvas. Her music has been presented internationally at festivals, conferences, and workshops including IRCAM’s ManiFeste, the LA Philharmonic’s National Composers Intensive, New Music Gathering, International Saxophone Symposium, N_SEME, the PARMA Music Festival, Cortona Sessions for New Music, soundSCAPE festival, New Music on the Point, UC Davis Composition Workshop, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Academically, her research interests include embodied music cognition, computational modeling of energetic relationships between various musical parameters based upon Newtonian mechanics, technological mediation of the human voice, development of software for spectral analysis and composition, algorithmic composition, and computational approaches to musicological inquiry. In addition to research grants from Brandeis University, she won one of four inaugural Katzin Prize Fellowships to fund her research at UCSD. Ms. Tallon holds B.S. degrees in Biological Engineering and Music from MIT and an M.F.A in Composition and Music Theory from Brandeis University. Her primary composition teachers include Peter Child, David Rakowski, and Lei Liang, and she has studied computer music with Tom Erbe and Miller Puckette. Ms. Tallon is also the owner and lead documentarian of SALT Arts Documentation, a company that specializes in artistically-informed audiovisual recordings of the performing arts with a specialization in contemporary music, visual arts, theater, and dance. She is currently a lecturer in electronic music at MIT.



Finalist for the 2017 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award

written for wild Up for the LA Phil's 2016 National Composers Intensive

ManiFeste 2017

Ms. Tallon is very honored to have been selected as one of the participants for the 2017 ManiFeste festival at IRCAM in Paris in June. She will be writing a piece for a quartet comprised of soloists from Ensemble Intercontemporain to be performed in the Centre Pompidou galleries alongside Yayoi Kusama’s “My Flower Bed.”


‘corpus, fractum’ is part of the h2 quartet’s lastest release, Enrapture! Pick up a copy at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago or next year at the NASA Region III Conference at SDSU! Or, if you’d like to download a digital copy, visit the h2 quartet’s website.


I am very honored and excited to be one of this year’s recipients of a Barlow General Commission! The commission will fund the composition of ‘excision no. 2’ for solo viola and live electronics for Kurt Rohde, who will premiere it next year as part of his Farewell Tour Project. For more information and the […]

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