Praised for his “sophisticated writing, lovely, appealing melodies, and intriguing rhythms” (GTM Press Release), award winning composer, pianist, conductor, and arranger Ari Sussman (b. 1993) is an up-and-coming composer of vocal, chamber, orchestral, choral, and film music in the Philadelphia and Boston areas. His compositions, transcriptions, and arrangements have been performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Delaware Valley Jewish Choral Festival, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, the North American Jewish Choral Festival, the New England Conservatory Preparatory School Contemporary Music Festival, and numerous schools, colleges, churches, and synagogues in the metropolitan Boston, Silver Spring, MD, and Philadelphia areas. Sussman has received many awards, fellowships, and scholarships from the American Composers Forum: Philadelphia Chapter - Youth Composers Scholarship, The Harry and Martha Stern Fine Arts Memorial Award, Honorable Mentions for the 2014 and 2015 Guild of Temple Musicians Ben Steinberg Young Composers Award, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Young Composers Initiative, the ‘Shalshelet’ 6th International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music, and the North American Jewish Choral Festival. Sussman was recently selected to be a featured artist/composer for ‘Inventio,’ a new organization in which young classical musicians share their crafts and visions of classical music in a changing world. Sussman has studied piano with Joel Rothstein and Ellen Bildersee and composition with Daniel Shapiro. After graduating high school from the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr, PA., Ari received his Bachelor of Music with Honors in Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Composition at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studies with Michael Gandolfi and Dr. Kati Agócs. In his spare time, Sussman enjoys exploring, playing tennis and basketball, and reading.