Bryce Dessner


Bryce Dessner is a vital and rare force in new music. He has won Grammy Awards both as a classical composer and with the band The National, of which he is founding member, guitarist, arranger and co-principal song-writer. He is also an increasingly high-profile presence in the world of film score composition, with credits including Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning The Revenant. The breadth and level of his output is remarkable, with few artists able to bridge diverse creative worlds with such virtuosity.
His rapidly expanding body of works are commissioned by the world’s leading ensembles, making him one of the most sought-after composers of his generation. Dessner has written orchestral, chamber, and vocal compositions for the likes of Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Metropolitan Museum of Art (for the New York Philharmonic), Kronos Quartet, BAM Next Wave Festival, London’s Barbican, Edinburgh International Festival, Carnegie Hall, Sydney Festival, eighth blackbird, Sō Percussion and New York City Ballet. His orchestrations can be heard on the new albums by Paul Simon and Bon Iver, among others.
Increasingly in demand in the world of film score composition, Dessner was Grammy and Golden Globe nominated for the soundtrack of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning The Revenant co-written with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto. Further film score credits include the soundtrack for Death of Marsha P. Johnson, the Netflix documentary about the LGBT rights activist; The Kitchen starring Elisabeth Moss and Melissa McCarthy for Warner Bros. out in 2019; as well as the upcoming The Two Popes for Oscar-nominated director Fernando Meirelles, recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios.


  • WORLD PREMIERE: Impermanence by Bryce Dessner

    WORLD PREMIERE: Impermanence by Bryce Dessner

    16th February 2021

    On February 16, Impermanence, the latest dance work by Bryce Dessner and Sydney Dance Company will have it’s world premiere at the Roslyn Packer Theatre in Sydney, Australia – running to 27 February 2021. A visceral and thrilling...

  • 2019 TIFF Premieres Announced

    2019 TIFF Premieres Announced

    8th August 2019

    The lineup of premieres for this year's Toronto International Film Festival has been announced and among the many high-profile features are a number of projects for which Music Sales composers have composed original scores. Hildur...

  • Sydney Dance Company Perform 'Frame Of Mind' with Australian String Quartet

    Sydney Dance Company Perform 'Frame Of Mind' with Australian String Quartet

    13th September 2018

    Sydney Dance Company's award-winning production 'Frame Of Mind' will return to Sydney theatres this October, following extensive international performances. Choreographed by Rafael Bonachela, this piece is set to three emotionally charged...