Tom Gurin composes music for film, chamber, and orchestral settings. His music is layered and clear. A Philadelphia native, he recently graduated from Yale University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, and from the Royal Carillon School "Jef Denyn" in Mechelen, Belgium.
In 2017, he was an Emerging Composer Fellow at the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, hosted by the Mannes School of Music. He worked there with Eric Ewazen, Tania León, and resident composers of the Imani Winds leading up to the premiere of his wind quintet, "No Rush."
In 2016, he was selected to participate in the highSCORE New Music Festival in Pavia, Italy. There, the 15.19 ensemble premiered his clarinet trio, "Sticky Keys." He studied in Pavia with Dmitri Tymoczko, Derek Bermel, and Amy Beth Kirsten.
At Yale, his primary teachers included Kathryn Alexander, Konrad Kaczmarek, and Natalie Dietterich. His music has been performed by the Yale Symphony Orchestra, The National Youth Orchestra of China, and others.
Furthermore, Tom has received wide recognition as a composer for and performer on the carillon. In addition to chairing The Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs from 2017-18, he is also a professional member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA). He is winner of the Yale University Twilight Composition Contest for his carillon duet, "Air," premiered during the 74th congress of the GCNA. His latest composition, "Things with Feathers," was commissioned by Lisa Lonie in 2018 and published by the GCNA in 2019.
Tom has performed on over fifty carillons around North America and Europe, and has played fully-programmed solo concerts at Yale University (New Haven, CT); First Church of West Hartford (CT); St. Thomas' Church, (Whitemarsh, PA); Trinity UCC, (Holland, PA); Princeton University (Princeton, NJ); Longwood Gardens (Kennet Square, PA); Valley Forge National Historical Park (PA); Nijkerk (The Netherlands), Meise (Belgium), and Mechelen (Belgium). He currently serves as Volunteer Carillonneur at Trinity UCC in Holland, PA.
Tom graduated "with great distinction" from the Royal Carillon School "Jef Denyn" in 2018.