Chris Pilsner (b. 1986) is an American composer and educator.
Chris holds a Masters of Music in Composition at Central Michigan University, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Composition and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado. He previously studied under composers David Gillingham, Jay Batzner, and Paul Elwood.
Pilsner is becoming a recognized name in the classical world. His music for orchestra, wind ensemble, and chamber ensembles has been acclaimed by audiences, performers, and conductors worldwide. His concert band piece Dum Spiro Spero, written when he was only 22 years old, has been called “powerful,” “beautiful,” and “wonderfully orchestrated” by recent audiences.
Chris’ music has had over 200 performances internationally by professional ensembles, colleges, high schools, and honor bands. His music has been performed in Carnegie Hall, at over a hundred universities and schools, and even in 600 year-old cathedrals in Europe. Some of the groups that have performed his music include the University of Oregon, University of Alabama, University of Utah, University of Northern Colorado, Brigham Young University, University of Minnesota, Central Michigan University, Eugene Symphonic Band, Florida All-State Band, University of Montana Honor Band, Bläserphilharmonie Ostiroll in Austria, and the Koseto Brass & Woodwind Band in Japan.
Works for Winds
- Chris Pilsner website Accessed 16 March 2016
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Chris Pilsner." Accessed 16 March 2016