Bryce Dessner (US) is a composer/guitarist based in New York City, best known as the guitarist for the acclaimed rock band, The National. Their albums Alligator (2005) and Boxer (2007) were named albums of the decade in publications throughout the world. Their most recent release, High Violet (2010), debuted at #3 on the US Billboard chart and at #4 on the world album charts. In 2010, The National won album of the year at London's prestigious Q Awards.

Dessner has also received widespread acclaim as a new music composer and guitarist. His recent commissions include ongoing collaborations with the Kronos Quartet and The Long Count, a song cycle for the 2009 BAM Next Wave Festival. In 2011-12 Bryce will present new work for the Kronos Quartet, the American Composer's Orchestra, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Bang on a Can All-stars, Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the Calder String Quartet.

As a guitarist, Bryce has performed and/or recorded with some of the world's most creative musicians including songwriters Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver and Antony Hegarty; Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo; composers Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly and Michael Gordon; and visual artist Matthew Ritchie.

Bryce is the founder and artistic director of the Music Now Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio, now in its sixth season.

:: Bryce's activities with The National