Brett Abigañaʼs music has been performed throughout the
world, and his music has been commissioned and performed by numerous performers including The United States Navy Band, flutist Hilary Abigana, ALEA III, The Afiara String Quartet, The Webster Trio, The Fourth Wall Ensemble, The United States Army Field Band and Soldiersʼ Chorus, and The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. He has written a wide variety of music including chamber music for strings and winds, song cycles, and numerous pieces for orchestra and symphonic band, including several concertos. He has gained a reputation for writing expressive, triadic music, and is much in demand as a guest lecturer, clinician, and conductor.

Mr. Abigaña completed his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at The Juilliard School where he studied with Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser, and received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Boston University where he studied with Samuel Headrick and Richard Cornell. Other studies include composition, harmony, and counterpoint with Narcis Bonet, Michel Merlet, and Philip Lasser at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, as well as conducting with Judith Clurman, and ear training with Mary Anthony Cox.

In 2011, Mr. Abigaña was commissioned by the United States Navy Band to write his Symphony no. 1 - Omnes Gentes.  This work is written for band, antiphonal trumpets, soprano soloist, chorus, and organ, and was premiered in 2012 by the United States Navy Band under the direction of CAPT Brian Walden in Washington, D.C. The work was also released on the US Navy Band’s latest album, Derivations.  Since then, the Navy Band commissioned Mr. Abigaña again to write As The Wood Smoke Rises, for release on their next album.

In 2013, The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Jung-Ho Pak commissioned Mr. Abigaña to write Passing Acquaintance, a double concerto for violin, viola, and orchestra.  After the premiere, they commissioned a new completion of Holst’s The Planets, to which Mr. Abigaña added Pluto, the Unseen One, and Apollo, the Bringer of Life.

Mr. Abigaña recently had the honor of having one of his works for band, Petite Overture, named one of the top 11 pieces of 2009 by British conductor, educator, and wind band authority Tim Reynish, after it was premiered at the 2009 World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Convention in Cincinnati, OH.

Mr. Abigaña is currently on faculty at Boston University Academy, and is the co-founder and Associate Director of the Boston Composers’ Coalition, a non-profit group of composers dedicated to the creation, performance, and dissemination of new American music.