Brian Cobb is an artist-in-residence in Music Theory at the University of Washington. An active composer and double bassist, his compositions have received awards from ASCAP, Berklee College of Music, and the University of Washington.
Cobb moved to Seattle in 2001 from the east coast to pursue his doctorate degree (D.M.A. ’06) in music composition from the University of Washington. He has also received degrees from the University of Massachusetts (M.M. ’00) and Berklee College of Music (B.M. ’96), both in the field of music composition. Cobb has taught music at the University of Washington and the University of Massachusetts, Shoreline Community College’s Summer College, and as guest lecturer at Pacific Lutheran University, Western Oregon University, Central Washington University, Seattle Conservatory, and Bellevue College.
Cobb’s composition catalogue includes music for voice, wind ensemble, orchestra, dance, film, electronic media, and numerous chamber settings. Brian’s major works include “Campfire Songs” (for two voices and mixed ensemble) a theatrical song cycle set during the American Frontier era, “sCatterEd” (for solo flute) an interdisciplinary work that fuses music/theatre/kinesics, and the evolution-influenced “in far country” (for alto/soprano saxophone & piano) commissioned by saxophone virtuoso Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin.
Cobb’s music has been published by Ludwin Music Co and has received awards and grants from ASCAP, the University of Washington, and Jack Straw Productions. He is a Present Sounds Records recording artist and has recorded and performed with the Tom Baker Quartet, the William O. Smith Trio, CrossTalk, David Hahn’s Concert Imaginaire, Aaron Goldberg, George Garzone, and Mantana Robets. Cobb’s debut CD, Campfire Songs, was released on Present Sounds Records in 2010.