Mary Bichner

Mary Bichner is a classical-meets-pop composer with the bizarre musical superpowers of perfect pitch (the ability to recognize notes and chords by name upon hearing them played) and synesthesia (a neurological condition that causes Mary to “see” splashes of specific colors when she hears their corresponding pitches sounded). Called a “musical genius” by CBS News, and invited to Harvard University’s prestigious neuroscience lab to be studied for her brain’s unusual wiring, Mary creates richly-colored compositions that delight classical enthusiasts and indie-pop rockers alike.

Past projects include “Alice’s Evidence”, a suite of incidental music penned to accompany the dramatic reading of Chapter 12 of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland for alto soloist, harpsichord, flute, violin, clarinet, cello and narration; creating numerous string quartet arrangements for the illustrious Vitamin String Quartet (including a placement on ABC’s “Modern Family”); and “To Helen”, an aria setting of the celebrated Edgar Allan Poe poem for alto soloist and piano. Past awards include receiving a 2014 Somerville Arts Council Music Fellowship Grant, being named the SAC Somerville Artist of the Month for March 2014, and receiving a 2014 San Diego Film Award for her musical score of the short film, “Just Desserts”.