Known for his orchestral, wind symphony, chamber ensemble, percussion, and choral pieces, this New York-born composer, conductor, and percussionist wrote such acclaimed works as Electric Lines, Quintus, and String Quartet No. 1.
After studying composition and percussion at the Eastman School of Music, he earned advanced degrees in music composition from Indiana University and Cornell University.
He founded a New York City-based classical music group called the American Modern Ensemble.
He grew up in Buffalo, New York as the son of visual artists Tony and Eleanor Paterson. He later settled in New York City with his violinist wife, Victoria, and the couple's son, Dylan.
During his college years, he studied with classical composer Samuel Adler.