Huck Hodge writes music that explores the embodied poetics of organized sound, perceptual illusion and the threshold between design and intuition. His output is diverse and comprises a wide range of symphonic, chamber and multimedia works.
Hailed by the New York Times for his “harmonically fresh work…full of both sparkle and thunder” and his "alternatively abrasive and sweetly meditative" sonic excursions, his music has been praised internationally for its "dramatic strength and the superb combination of theory and intuition" (Het Parool, Amsterdam) and its original timbres that evoke "arctic spheres of glimmering bell-like reverberation" (NRC Handelsblad, Amsterdam).
In a review of Parallaxes for chamber orchestra, the Swedish publication Nutida Musik states, "Parallaxes is a dynamically expressive piece, which moves from a delicate treatment of timbre in string harmonics to a florid and powerful, virtuosic and complex sonic environment with seamlessly elegant passages between a variety of harmonic spaces".
In a citation of distinction, the American Academy of Arts and Letters writes, "Huck Hodge brings a European sensibility to his northwestern American heritage to forge a pioneering musical language rich in poetic resonance". "He achieves brilliant and sumptuous effects by means of virtuosic instrumental techniques that fuse harmony, tone color and texture into an inseparable whole".
Hodge is the winner of numerous international awards including the Rome Prize, the Gaudeamus International Composition Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Aaron Copland Fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation. Among his many commissions are those from Music at the Anthology, the American Composers Forum, Musik der Jahrhunderte, Muziek Centrum Nederland and the American Academy in Rome.
His music has been the subject of numerous international radio broadcasts and is regularly performed at major festivals throughout the world (ISCM, Nuova Consonanza, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, MaerzMusik, Laboratoire Instrumental Europeén, MATA Festival, etc.). He has had performances of his work at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and his recent collaborations include those with with members of Ensemble Modern and the Berlin Philharmonic, the ASKO|Schönberg Ensemble, l’Ensemble Aleph, the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble, the JACK Quartet and the Talea Ensemble. His music is licensed and distributed by Alexander Street Press.
Hodge received his MA and DMA from Columbia University, where he studied Composition with Tristan Murail and Fred Lerdahl. Prior to this, he studied Music Theory and Computer Music at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart, where his teachers included Georg Wötzer and Marco Stroppa. During this time, his studies were supported with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). He is currently Assistant Professor in Composition at the University of Washington.