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Since Deutsche Grammaphon/Universal Music released conductor André de Ridder and the Copenhagen Phil's St. Carolyn by the Sea -- a collection of orchestral compositions by both The National's Bryce Dessner and Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood --on March 4, Dessner's seemingly nonstop schedule has shown no signs of slowing.

The composer and guitarist has since contributed to the Kronos Quartet's 40th Anniversary Celebration at Carnegie Hall on March 28, and a reunion with the quartet for a world premiere at Barbican Concert Hall in London is scheduled for May 13. And while his "Murder Ballades" will be performed in the states of Oregon, New York, and Ohio throughout the month of April, Dessner has a full slate of tour dates with The National through August.

In a recent interview, Dessner spoke at length about writing orchestral music, the lesson that rock music teaches, and what ultimately attracts him to contemporary classical music over pop.

READ THE FULL Huffington Post INTERVIEW