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Missy Mazzoli

Praised for her ‘apocalyptic imagination’ (Alex Ross, The New Yorker), composer Missy Mazzoli inhabits an exquisite and mysterious sound-world that melds indie-rock sensibilities with classical traditions. She is an established member of the contemporary music scene whose talent draws audiences equally into concert halls, opera houses and rock clubs. Her music has been presented by festivals and organizations such as the Edinburgh International Festival, Adelaide Festival, BBC Proms, Los Angeles Opera and Scottish Opera. Among orchestras and ensembles that have championed her work are the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and the Kronos Quartet, as well as soloists including Emanuel Ax and Jennifer Koh. Mazzoli was named ‘2022 Composer of the Year’ by Musical America, was Mead Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2018–21) and composer-in-residence at Opera Philadelphia (2012–15). Mazzoli is the first woman ever to receive a commission from the Metropolitan Opera, along with Jeanine Tesori. She is active as composer for TV and film, and in 2019 was nominated for a Grammy award in the category of Best Classical Composition. Herself a pianist and keyboardist, Missy Mazzoli often performs with Victoire,
a band she founded in 2008 dedicated to her own compositions. The recipient of numerous prestigious awards, grants and distinctions, Missy Mazzoli attended the Yale School of Music, the Royal Conservatoire The Hague and Boston University. Among her teachers and mentors are Meredith Monk, David Lang, Louis Andriessen, Aaron Jay Kernis and John Harbison. Since 2013 Mazzoli has been a member of the composition faculty at the Mannes College of Music and in 2022 she joined the faculty at Bard College. Her music is published by G. Schirmer.

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