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BFO’s Top 5 Composers of the Season

The BFO's favorite composers featured this season!

Arson Fahim

The BFO welcomes composer Arson Fahim to Jordan Hall stage in the BFO’s first ever world premiere on July 23. A citizen of Afghanistan, Fahim arrived in the United States only two weeks before the Taliban took control of Kabul, and has since been a strong and influential voice representing Afghan music and culture. Currently a student at the Longy School of Music, Fahim uses his artistic voice to raise awareness of Afghan musicians, organizing numerous concerts and events throughout the city. Don’t miss Fahim’s BFO world premiere! Tickets here:

Alexandra Du Bois

You may remember Alexandra Du Bois’ stunning L'apothéose d'un rêve at BFO’s most recent Chamber Series concert, Re-Reading, at the Boston Athenaeum. An American composer and faculty at the Longy School of Music, Du Bois’ music has been performed all over the world. Committed to the decolonization of classical music, Du Bois has been described as “an intense, luminous…composer” (Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times) and “a painter who knows exactly where her picture will be hung.” (Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times) Read more at

Reena Esmail

Featured in the upcoming Chamber Series concert on June 22, Reena Esmail’s music combines Indian and Western musical influences to create a unique compositional voice that has taken the classical music world by storm. She has written commissions for ensembles including the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Kronos Quartet, and her music has featured on multiple Grammy-nominated albums, including The Singing Guitar by Conspirare, BRUITS by Imani Winds, and Healing Modes by Brooklyn Rider. Read more at

Quinn Mason

Based in Dallas, Texas, Quinn Mason has served as the Artist in Residence of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Classical Roots. His music has been performed for dozens of orchestras across the United States and Europe, and has received awards and honors from organizations such as American Composers Forum, Voices of Change, and Texas A&M University. His piece, Immerse, will be featured on the season finale Summer Stage concert on July 31–get your tickets here:

Zoltán Kodály

Zoltán Kodály (1882 - 1967) was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, and pedagogue. A lifelong friend of Bela Bartok, Kodály incorporated elements of Hungarian folk music, late romantic, and modernist traditions into his compositions. One of his most popular works, Dances of Galanta, which will be featured on the BFO’s first Summer Stage concert this season, is a joyous five-section homage to the folk dances of his home country.


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