JOHN KING, composer, guitarist and violist, has received commissions from the Kronos Quartet; Red { an orchestra }, Ethel; the Albany Symphony/“Dogs of Desire”, Bang On A Can All-Stars; Mannheim Ballet; New York City Ballet/Diamond Project, Stuttgart Ballet, Ballets de Monte Carlo; as well as the Merce Cunningham Dance Co. His string quartets have also been performed by the Eclipse Quartet (LA) and the Mondriaan Quartet (Amsterdam). His quartet Crucible has premiered many of his compositions at The Stone (June 2007 and residency May 5-10, 2015), The Kitchen (April 2009), Lincoln Center Festival (July 2011) and Roulette (2012).

He has written six operas: ping, with text by Samuel Beckett, which was premiered as part of the "Experiments in Opera" festival, spring 2014; impropera, using randomly selected text msg’s from the singers’ cell phones, herzstück/heartpiece, based on the text of Heiner Müller, premiered at the 1999 Warsaw Autumn Festival and presented at the Kitchen NYC in 2000 (a double-opera, co-written with Krzysztof Knittel); la belle captive based on texts by Alain Robbe-Grillet, premiered at Teatro Colon/CETC in Buenos Aires in 2003, and toured to London’s ICA (Fronteras Festival) in 2004 and The Kitchen in 2005; and Dice Thrown, , based on the Stéphane Mallarmé poem; an excerpt of which was performed by New York City Opera as part of its VOX series in May 2008. The complete staged version was presented at CalArts April 23-24, 2010. , as well as his most recent SapphOpera, using fragments of Sappho’s poetry. He has written songs and incidental music for five plays (The Tempest, Faust, The Trial, Steppenwolf and Wings of Desire) at the Ludwigsburg Theatersommer , directed by Peter Kratz. He has been commissioned by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus  numerous times, and in 2014 collaborated with them for their "Black Mountain Songs" project which premiered at Brooklyn Academy of Music  on Nov. 20, 2014.

He has 3 recent CD releases of music for string quartet; 10 Mysteries and  AllSteel  (Tzadik); and Ethel (Cantaloupe). He was Music Curator at The Kitchen from 1999-2003 and from 2002-2011 was a co-director of the Music Committee at MCDC. He received the Music/Sound Award for 2014 from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and also he is the recipient of the 2009 Alpert Award in the Arts for Music.