Don Byron
Composer and Multi-Instrumentalist
Boiceville, NY
2007 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Prudential Foundation.

Clarinetist and composer Don Byron is well known for his genre-bending abilities to communicate in the musical styles of Motown funk, experimental chamber music, klezmer, German lieder, and various forms of jazz, rock, and hip-hop. He was the artistic director of jazz at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from 1996 to 1999, and his compositions have been recorded by ensembles such as the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Kronos Quartet. A musician’s musician, he was named jazz artist of the year by Downbeat magazine in 1992 and received a Grammy Award nomination in 2004.
  • Artwork by Don Byron
Artwork by Don Byron