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Missy Mazzoli

Born: 1980

Nationality: American

Publisher: G. Schirmer

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.

In July 2018 Maestro Ricardo Muti named Mazzoli to be Mead Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony for two seasons 2018-2020. 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) premiered in January 2018 at Washington National Opera. Co-commissioned by Opera Omaha and Miller Theater of Columbia University additional performances take place in April (Omaha) and October 2018 (Miller Theater NYC).

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. The European premiere is with Musitheatertage Wien in June 2018.

Recent concert projects include Dark with Excessive Bright for solo double bass and strings (commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra and London’s Aurora Orchestra); Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, followed by a revised expanded version for the Boulder Philharmonic, Three Fragile Systems for Grand Band, Vesper Sparrow for Grammy-winning vocal group Roomful of Teeth, You Know Me From Here and Harp and Altar for the Kronos Quartet; a piano solo Bolts of Loving Thunder for Emanuel Ax; and Three Arias for tenor Nicholas Phan.

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 exclusively by G. Schirmer, Inc.

— May 2018

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