Mason Bates is one of the most visible and frequently performed composers in the United States. Known for both concert music and his work as a DJ, he has expanded the orchestra to include electronics and dance-style beats that are prominent in house and techno music.
Bates was born on 23 January 1977 and was raised in Richmond, Virginia. He studied music at St. Christopher’s School and was attracted to the art form by attending concerts of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra with his mother. After high school, Bates entered the Columbia University-Juilliard School Exchange program, earning a BA in composition and English literature. His principal teachers included John Corigliano, David Del Tredici, and Samuel Adler. Bates furthered his education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a Ph.D. in composition in 2008 under the guidance of Edmund Campion.