Curriculum Vitae


Walter Thompson—Soundpainter, Woodwinds, Educator—has been Soundpainting for the past 35 years. He conceived the Soundpainting language in Woodstock, New York, in the early 1970s. To date, Thompson has developed Soundpainting into a multidisciplinary live composing sign language comprising more than 1200 gestures. Thompson has composed Soundpaintings with many contemporary orchestras in many cities, including Barcelona, Paris, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Oslo, Berlin, Bergen, Lucerne, Copenhagen, and Reykjavik, among others, and has taught Soundpainting at the Paris Conservatoire; Eastman School of Music; Iceland Academy of the Arts; University of Michigan; Grieg Academy in Bergen, Norway; University of Iowa; Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music; and New York University, among many others. Thompson is founder of and Soundpainter for The Walter Thompson Orchestra and The SP4tet, both based in New York City.







Selected Awards

New York State Council on the Arts – 2010
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers - 2010
Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust – 2009
New York State Council on the Arts – 2007
The Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production FundGrant—September 2004
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers—June 2004
New York State Council on the Arts—March 2004
Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Professorship (University of Iowa)— March 2004
Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust—September 2003
Aplaudiment from Premis FAD Sebastià Gasch d’Arts Parateatrals—May 2002


Selected Recordings

New York Soundpainting Orchestra – Dane Recordings
PEXO 111004 DVD (Dane Recordings)
SP4tet (Soundpainting string quartet) (Dane Recordings)
PEXO-A Soundpainting Symphony (Nine Winds Recordings)
Walter Thompson/ Olle Karlsson – Duo (Dane Recordings)
Deconstructing Haydn (Novodisc Recordings)
Colors (Transient Glory Recordings)
Code of The West-with Joe Gallant (Scratchy Records)
The Colonel (Nine Winds Records)
Not for Rollo (Ottava Records)
Various-John Zorn's Cobra (Knitting Factory Works)
520 OUT (Dane Records)
Symphony of the Universe-with Wendy Mae Chambers (Newport Classic)
Stardate (Dane Recordings)
ARC Quartet (Dane Recordings)
Four Compositions (Dane Recordings)


Photo: Anja Hitzenberger

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