A keen proponent of contemporary music, Mr. Schafer has worked with a number of living composers, including Thomas Adès, John Harbison, and Fred Lerdahl. He frequently performs with Rice’s student-run contemporary ensemble Hear & Now, and this season will be performing with Houston’s Loop38. In the summer of 2018 he will be a New Fromm Player at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Mr. Schafer is pursuing a Master of Music at Rice University. A student of Paul Kantor, he has also studied with Kyung Yu and Chris Teal, and has coached chamber music with Norman Fischer, Ivo van der Werff, Wendy Sharp, and others. In 2015 he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University.