Brent Edstrom received a bachelor of music degree in classical piano performance from Washington State University and a master of music degree in jazz studies and contemporary media from the Eastman School of Music. An active composer, Edstrom’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by numerous symphonies including the Dallas Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Spokane Symphony, and Orchestra Seattle. His compositions include works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, and jazz ensemble, and he recently finished a song cycle based on the writings of Willa Cather that will premiere in Bordeaux, France this summer.
Edstrom has published extensively including over 100 note-for-note transcriptions of the music of Art Tatum, Bill Evans, Kenny Barron, Oscar Peterson and others as well as 48 volumes for Hal Leonard Corporation’s Jazz Piano Series. Recent publications include Recording On a Budget and Arduino for Musicians: A Complete Guide to Arduino and Teensy Microcontrollers, distributed internationally by Oxford University Press, and Musicianship In the Digital Age, distributed by Thomson. Edstrom teaches composition, theory, and jazz studies at Whitworth University in Spokane.
Edstrom’s composition for two pianos will be performed at the 2017 WSMTA Conference at Shoreline Community College in Shoreline WA on June 23, 2017.