Jason Brauer (b. 2001) is a composer and pianist studying at New York University. He completed his Bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt University, studying with Michael Alec Rose, Stan Link, Michael Slayton, and Molly Herron. He is the composer and librettist of the opera La muñeca menor, a magical-realist fairy tale based on the short story by Rosario Ferré that involves vicious prawns and living dolls. Other recent projects include Mephisto at the Carnival, written for Transient Canvas, the short ballet The Steadfast Tin Soldier, and Variations on a Theme of Julia Perry for the Vanderbilt Orchestra. His musical style balances the beautiful with the grotesque and the philosophical with the corporeal, with influences including impressionism, turn-of-the-century modernism, Argentine tango, and indie rock.
He recently scored the LA Film Festival Indie Short Fest selection Sardines and was awarded second place at the Milan-based Screen Music Program. At Interlochen Center for the Arts, his piece The Mollies' Mark was recorded by the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, and his string quartet “Tango de Manchachicoj” placed second at the national level in the Music Teachers National Association composition contest.