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Missy Mazzoli

Born: 1980

Nationality: American

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Photo © Photo: Marylene Mey


As an established composer on the contemporary music scene, Missy Mazzoli's talent draws audiences equally into concert halls, opera houses and rock clubs. Her unique music reflects a trend among composers of her generation who combine styles, writing music for the omnivorous audiences of the 21st century. She inhabits an exquisite and mysterious sound-world that melds indie-rock sensibilities with formal training from Louis Andriessen, David Lang, Aaron Jay Kernis, Richard Ayres, and others.

Recently deemed "one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York" by The New York Times, and "Brooklyn's post-millennial Mozart" by Time Out New York, Missy Mazzoli’s music has been performed all over the world by the BBC Symphony,  Kronos Quartet, JACK Quartet, eighth blackbird, LA Opera, Roomful of Teeth, Crash Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia, Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Alabama Symphony, Albany Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Opera Philadelphia, Emanuel Ax, Michael Mizrahi Kathleen Supové, cellist Maya Beiser, and violinist Jennifer Koh. Her music has been featured at numerous festivals including the BBC Proms, Bang-on-a-Can New Music Marathon and Ecstatic Music Festival (New York), the Cabrillo Festival (Santa Cruz), and the Gaudeamus New Music Festival (Amsterdam).

Her opera with librettist Royce Vavrek, Breaking the Waves, commissioned by Opera Philadelphia with Beth Morrison Productions, premiered in September 2016. Breaking the Waves was awarded the inaugural Award for Best New Opera by the Music Critics Association of North America and hailed as "among the best twenty-first-century American operas yet produced." by Opera News.

Mazzoli’s newest opera Proving Up (libretto by Vavrek) premieres in January 2018 at Washington National Opera. Co-commissioned by Opera Omaha and Miller Theater of Columbia University additional performances take place in April and October 2018.

Her critically-acclaimed multimedia chamber opera, Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt, has received numerous performances including those by LA Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theater, and Chicago Fringe Opera.

Recent projects include Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella Series (followed by an orchestral version for the Boulder Philharmonic), Vesper Sparrow for Grammy-winning vocal group Roomful of Teeth, You Know Me From Here and Harp and Altar for the Kronos Quartet, New New York Songs for the Young People's Chorus of New York; a solo piano piece, Bolts of Loving Thunder for Emanuel Ax; and Quartet for Queen Mab for ETHEL.

Mazzoli is currently on the composition faculty of the Mannes College of Music, a division of the New School and a co-founder of Luna Composition Lab. An active pianist, Mazzoli performs with Victoire, an "all-star, all-female quintet" (Time Out New York) she founded in 2008 which is dedicated exclusively to her own compositions.

Missy Mazzoli's music is published by G. Schirmer, Inc.

— August 2017
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