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Missy Mazzoli

Born: 1980

Nationality: American

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Photo © Photo: Marylene Mey


Now an established composer on the contemporary music scene, Missy Mazzoli's talent draws audiences equally into concert halls 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 a gorgeous and mysterious sound-world that melds indie-rock sensibilities with formal training from Louis Andriessen, David Lang, and others. Practically speaking, she amasses music in layers not normally found together but in ways that create matchless vertical harmonies.

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, her music has been performed all over the world by the Kronos Quartet, JACK Quartet, eighth blackbird, LA Opera, Roomful of Teeth, Crash Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia, Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Opera Philadelphia, New York City Opera, pianist Emanuel Ax, cellist Maya Beiser, violinist Jennifer Koh, and many others.

Upcoming projects include the world premiere of her chamber opera Breaking the Waves, based on Lars von Trier's 1996 film, at Opera Philadelphia in September 2016, and a production of her 2012 opera, Song from the Uproar at Chautauqua Opera in August 2016. Other recent projects include Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vesper Sparrow for Roomful of Teeth, New New York Songs for the Young People's Chorus of New York; Bolts of Loving Thunder for Emanuel Ax; and Quartet for Queen Mab for ETHEL.
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