Barret Anspach (b.1986) is an American composer and musician. He graduated from The Juilliard School with a Bachelor’s of Music with Scholastic Distinction in 2009 and a Master’s of Music in 2010.
Anspach uses a variety of musical formats to investigate time’s intersection with physical and emotional space, whether through a collection of quiet songs recorded by laptop in his bedroom or the “marvelous sonorities” (Alastair Macaulay, New York Times) and acoustic possibilities of an orchestra.
His work includes collaboration with choreographers Andrew Bartee, Julia Eichten, Kiyon Gaines, Joseph Hernandez, Devin McDermott, Bennyroyce Royon, Price Suddarth and Zack Winokur; artists Rachel Mason and Michael Hart; and musicians Jenn Champion, Jordan O’Jordan, and the band Night Cadet. Among those who have commissioned and premiered Anspach’s compositions are the Semperoper Ballett, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Whim W'Him, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Moiræ Ensemble, and the Seattle Philharmonic.
He lives in Seattle, Washington.