Composer Anthony Brandt is a professor of composition and theory at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and artistic director of the new music ensemble Musiqa, winner of two national awards for adventurous programming. Dr. Brandt’s catalogue includes three chamber operas, as well as orchestral, chamber, vocal, theater, dance, and television scores. With Musiqa, he presents interdisciplinary public concerts, free “loft” concerts at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and free educational programming that have served nearly 60,000 public school students at over 240 Houston-area schools.
Dr. Brandt and neuroscientist David Eagleman have co-authored The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World. Their book is being published in thirteen countries, was the official selection of the 2018–19 Texas State Common Reading Experience, and inspired the Netflix documentary The Creative Brain hosted by Dr. Eagleman.