Todd Tarantino (b. 1974) is a New York City-based composer, administrator, and educator. From 2012 to 2019 he served as the Director of Music at the Anthology, Inc. ("MATA") guiding its global expansion, establishing it as one of the world's leading presenters of new-music, making it the most sought-after opportunity for early career composers worldwide, and providing opportunities to countless composers, performers, and ensembles.
Tarantino's music takes its energy from urban environments, particularly in the developing world, and is personal, richly varied, and characterized by bold surfaces, quarter-tone inflected harmonies, athletic lyricism, and a passion for the long line. Critic George Grella described his ...all words are already decided, as "tense quarter-tone intervals, through a stormy piano solo, to a delicate and almost wistful consonance... a fascinating expression of ambivalence about tonal harmony."
Tarantino's music has been presented at concerts and festivals throughout America, Europe, Asia, and Africa by leading musicians and ensembles, including Talea Ensemble, Curious Chamber Players, the New York New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Moderne Akademie, OCNM Ensemble, violinists Miranda Cuckson and David Fulmer, clarinetist Carol McGonnel, saxophonists Eliot Gattegno and David Wegehaupt and countless other ensembles that disbanded shortly after performing Tarantino's work: coincidence?
He holds degrees from Columbia University (DMA), New England Conservatory (MM) and Bennington College (BA) and his principal composition teachers include John Luther Adams, Fred Lerdahl, Stephen Siegel, Jonatahn Kramer, and Tobias Picker. From 2007-2014, he taught music history, all levels of music theory, and aural skills, using his own personal method, at Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music; to this day, his teaching resources are consistently cited by educators throughout the country. Tarantino lives in Harlem, New York and performs regularly on the organ and piano and as a singer in the New York metropolitan region.