Connor Shafran

Connor Shafran is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Cologne, Germany. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Electroacoustic Music at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.

Before moving to Germany, Shafran grew up in Kentucky, U.S.A., and began his music career in marching percussion. In 2013, he performed with the indoor percussion group RHYTHM X and took first place in the WGI World Championships. Shortly afterwards, he received the Emerson Scholarship to attend Interlochen and perform with the World Youth Symphonic Orchestra.

In his undergraduate degree, he studied percussion with James
Campbell at the University of Kentucky, and it was there that he started
exploring composition. Over the next few years, he would receive
premieres and recordings of his original works by a number of ensembles,
including the UK Percussion Ensemble, The Portland Percussion Group,
and the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra in collaboration with the
Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra.

After finishing his degree at UK, Shafran’s compositions began to drift into the electroacoustic realm. Using mainly combinations of handpans, found-sound percussion, synthesizers, keyboards and electronic production techniques, Shafran has whittled out a niche sound that Ableton has praised as “airy” and “mesmerising.” Additionally, his innovative live-performance techniques, which he describes as “scripted looping,” have expanded the compositional possibilities for solo performers without backing tracks. Shafran was also recently a winner of Thomann Music’s International Music Festival competition.

Connor Shafran

Connor Shafran is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Cologne, Germany. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Electroacoustic Music at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.

Before moving to Germany, Shafran grew up in Kentucky, U.S.A., and began his music career in marching percussion. In 2013, he performed with the indoor percussion group RHYTHM X and took first place in the WGI World Championships. Shortly afterwards, he received the Emerson Scholarship to attend Interlochen and perform with the World Youth Symphonic Orchestra.

 

In his undergraduate degree, he studied percussion with James Campbell at the University of Kentucky, and it was there that he started exploring composition. Over the next few years, he would receive premieres and recordings of his original works by a number of ensembles, including the UK Percussion Ensemble, The Portland Percussion Group, and the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra in collaboration with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra.

After finishing his degree at UK, Shafran’s compositions began to drift into the electroacoustic realm. Using mainly combinations of handpans, found-sound percussion, synthesizers, keyboards and electronic production techniques, Shafran has whittled out a niche sound that Ableton has praised as “airy” and “mesmerising.” Additionally, his innovative live-performance techniques, which he describes as “scripted looping,” have expanded the compositional possibilities for solo performers without backing tracks. Shafran was also recently a winner of Thomann Music’s International Music Festival competition.