Louis GOLDFORD is a composer hailing from St. Louis. Recent performances include those by the JACK Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Modelo62, and the Meitar Ensemble. Louis was recently named the winner of the 2017 Suzhou Composition Commission (Chou's Award), and he has also been accepted into the IRCAM Cursus program. His works have been featured at numerous national and international contemporary music festivals, including June in Buffalo, the Northwestern University New Music Conference (NUNC), the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2015/2016), Contemporary Encounters with Meitar Ensemble (CEME) and with members of Ensemble Modern in Tel Aviv, the Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival (VIPA) in Spain, the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States National Conference (SEAMUS), the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP), and the Composit New Music Festival in Italy. Louis has also performed in Taiwan, Poland, and the United States. His work 'Uncanny Valley' (2014) for large orchestra was given Honorable Mentions at the 2017 Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute and the 2015 American Composers Orchestra / Underwood New Music Readings, and in 2014 Louis was the recipient of a Dean’s Prize in Music Composition at Indiana University. Louis completed the Computer Music Workshop (Atelier d’informatique musicale) while studying at the IRCAM Académie and festival ManiFESTE. He was also a finalist in the 2013 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards for his 'Eric, Rising' (2012) for orchestra. Louis is currently pursuing his D.M.A. in Composition and is a Dean’s Fellow at Columbia University, where he studies with Georg Friedrich Haas.