The music of American composer Bruce Stark (born in San Diego) reflects the varied elements of his musical upbringing: studies in percussion, jazz piano, and classical composition. He completed a masters degree in composition at the Juilliard School as a student of Roger Sessions and Vincent Persichetti, thereafter residing in Tokyo for more than 20 years, producing a collection of works that reveal a compelling musical voice. In 2013 he returned to the U.S. and joined the music faculty of DigiPen Institute of Technology (Seattle area).
Recent commissions include Friends of Today's Music, trombonists Megumi Kanda and Don Lucas, pianist Kai Schumacher and Eastern Standard Trio. He was chosen as the 2019 Commissioned Composer of the Year by the Washington State Music Teachers Association.
From piano and chamber works to choral and orchestral pieces, Stark’s music has been performed on the concert stages of four continents, recorded on numerous CDs and broadcast on radio programs worldwide. Awards include First Prize in the Composers Guild Contest, Second Prize in the Barlow International Competition, ASCAP composer awards and others. His compositions have been featured in the National Flute Association Convention, American Piano Festival, International Trombone Festival, Canberra International Chamber Music Festival, MasterWorks Festival and BluePrints series of New York City. Other performances have included the Baton Rouge Symphony under Timothy Muffitt, Hong Kong Philharmonic under David Charles Abell, Rapides Symphony under Joshua Zona, Jakarta Symphony under Rebecca Tong, Westwood Wind Quintet and numerous pianists. Recordings of his works have been released by Victor Entertainment, Hanssler Classic, Centaur Records, Red Kite Records and others.