Noah Kahrs wrote his first composition at the age of 9, and has been composing ever since. His interests in fields including mathematics, linguistics, physics, and critical theory influence his compositional aesthetic, with continual analysis and conceptualization an integral part of each composition. He has also recently worked in creating sound and music for theater, inspiring a reevaluation of form and meaning in non-theatrical works.
Noah has studied privately with Augusta Read Thomas, Sam Pluta, Shulamit Ran, Anthony Cheung, Burkhardt Reiter, and Iain Matheson. In 2016, he attended the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, where he studied with Allain Gaussin and François Paris, and also attended the Walden School Creative Musicians' Retreat. In 2015, 2014 and 2012, he attended the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, where he studied with Stephen Coxe. In 2015, he attended the soundSCAPE Festival, where he received lessons from Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and Jesse Jones; he has also worked with Christopher Theofanidis, Caroline Shaw, David Conte, David Ludwig, Martin Amlin, Keith Fitch, and Peter Gilbert. He has also attended summer programs run by the European American Musical Alliance, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and Cleveland Institute of Music.
Noah is currently in his fourth year as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, where he studies music and mathematics. He graduated from Pittsburgh's Creative and Performing Arts High School, where he studied percussion with Jan Fung and Lisa Pegher. He has also studied percussion with Amy Stubbs and piano with Taras Filenko. In his spare time, he can be found staring out windows, ringing large bells, or searching for domes, highway overpasses, and other spaces with interesting acoustic properties.