Mason has been recognized for his originality and attention to color. Steve Smith of The New York Times writes “’Additions’ offered a nearly seamless integration of electronic and acoustic sounds…” Peter Burwasser of Fanfare writes Mason’s music speaks in a “boldly, original voice”. High Performance Review states the music is “full of invention… funky and colorful… consistently ingenious.” Katherine Porlington writes in Upstate Music (NY) “…Mason’s Senderos Que se Bifurcan… is, without doubt, one of the finest new clarinet chamber works of the past twenty years.” Nancy Raabe writes in Birmingham News “Mason’s brilliant From Shook Foil occupies a class of its own… it is charged with creativity.”
Among his awards are the 2006 Prix de Rome, a Dale Warland Prize, an American Composers Orchestra “Playing it Unsafe” prize and the FETA Cellotronics audience favorite prize, and was an invited guest composer for the Visiones Sonoras 2015 festival in Mexico.
His music has been performed throughout the world including the FORO INTERNACIONAL DE MUSICA NUEVA, Quirinale in Rome, the Aspen Summer Music Festival, and Nuova Musica Consonante. His music has been featured several times on “Performance Today” on NPR.
Dr. Mason is chair and professor of composition at the Frost School of Music (University of Miami). www.charlesnormanmason.com