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Missy Mazzoli

Born: 1980

Nationality: American

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Photo © Stephen Taylor


A fast-rising 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, Martijn Padding, Richard Ayers, 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, eighth blackbird, the American Composers Orchestra, New York City Opera, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, NOW Ensemble, and many others.

Upcoming projects include a new work for the Young People’s Chorus of New York and ensemble; Bolts of Loving Thunder, a solo piano piece for Emanuel Ax; a new piece for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series and a new piece for ETHEL. She is Composer-In-Residence for the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
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