Will Healy is a composer, pianist, and improviser, whose work across genres is characterized by textural richness, thematic depth, and vibrant experimentations. Based in Brooklyn, Healy composes music drawn from the musical traditions of New York City and the collaborations it inspires.
Healy is the founder and artistic director of ShoutHouse, a collective of hip-hop, jazz, and classical musicians. Recent ShoutHouse performances have taken place at the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and (le) Poisson Rouge, and their music has been featured on WNYC’s “New Sounds,” among other radio programs. Their debut album, Cityscapes, was released in 2019 by New Amsterdam records, and Healy’s recent 30-minute piece for chorus and ShoutHouse, Orbits, was premiered at Roulette Intermedium in 2022.
As a pianist, he has performed solo recitals in the United States and abroad, including programs of original music, world premieres of pieces by other composers, and a wide variety of works from the classical repertoire. Healy has performed the works of J.S. Bach extensively, including the complete Goldberg Variations from memory. He has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Verizon Hall, Merkin Hall, and others. Healy is currently the pianist in Pathos Trio, an award-winning chamber group that has premiered dozens of new works. He is the composer-in-residence for Midsummer’s Music, Wisconsin’s longest-running chamber music series.
Healy’s awards include the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Charles Ives Scholarship, two ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, Vassar College’s W.K. Rose Fellowship, a J-Fund commission, and residencies at the Bogliasco, Willapa Bay AiR, and Brush Creek Foundations. Healy has written chamber and orchestral pieces for the New York Philharmonic’s Bandwagon and YPC Concert series performances, including an original work for rapper and orchestra performed by the New York Philharmonic. He holds an M.M. in Composition from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Samuel Adler, John Corigliano, and Steven Stucky.