Noah Kahrs wrote his first composition at the age of 9, and has been composing ever since. His interests in fields including mathematics, linguistics, physics, and critical theory influence his compositional aesthetic, with continual analysis and conceptualization an integral part of each composition.
Noah has studied privately with Robert Morris, Augusta Read Thomas, Sam Pluta, Shulamit Ran, Anthony Cheung, Burkhardt Reiter, and Iain Matheson. In 2016, he attended the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, where he studied with Allain Gaussin and François Paris, and also attended the Walden School Creative Musicians' Retreat. In 2015, 2014 and 2012, he attended the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, where he studied with Stephen Coxe. In 2015, he attended the soundSCAPE Festival, where he received lessons from Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and Jesse Jones; he has also worked with Christopher Theofanidis, Caroline Shaw, David Conte, David Ludwig, Martin Amlin, Keith Fitch, and Peter Gilbert. He has also attended summer programs run by the European American Musical Alliance, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and Cleveland Institute of Music.
Noah is currently a first-year graduate student in composition at the Eastman School of Music. He previously studied music and mathematics at the University of Chicago. In his spare time, he can be found staring out windows, ringing large bells, or searching for domes, highway overpasses, and other spaces with interesting acoustic properties.