Huck Hodge writes music that explores the embodied poetics of organized sound, perceptual illusion and the threshold between design and intuition. Uniquely Northwestern light patterns act as an inspiration in much of his music — the way that a piercing slant of light, breaking through a dreary Seattle cloudscape, casts an intense, otherworldly chiaroscuro on the landscape — the ethereal yellowness of the light in bas-relief against the yawning darkness of the sky. These stark contrasts in light and dark find their way into his striking combination of pure and dissonant harmonies, widely spaced orchestrations and vast, diffuse timbres.
A composer of “harmonically fresh work…full of both sparkle and thunder” (New York Times), his music has been praised for its “immediate impact” (Chicago Tribune), its "dramatic strength and the superb combination of theory and intuition" (Het Parool, Amsterdam). His awards include the Rome Prize, the Gaudeamus Prize and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). His recent commissions include those from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, the Barlow Endowment, Music at the Anthology, the American Composers Forum, the Siemens Musikstiftung (Germany), the National Concert Hall of Taiwan and the government of the Netherlands. His music has been performed worldwide in numerous festivals at such locations as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center by members of Ensemble Modern, the Berlin Philharmonic, the ASKOISchönberg Ensemble and the Seattle Symphony. His recorded music is available on the New World and Albany record labels. Hodge was educated at Columbia University and at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany. He is currently Assistant Professor in Composition at the University of Washington.