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    Recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” (New York Times) and “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” (Time Out New York), Missy Mazzoli has had her music performed globally by the Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, violinist Jennifer Koh, LA Opera, New York City Opera, the Minnesota Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera and many others. From 2012-2015 she was Composer-in-Residence with Opera Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera and Music Theatre-Group, and in 2011-2012 was composer-in-residence with the Albany Symphony. Her 2016 opera Breaking the Waves, based on the film by Lars von Trier and created in collaboration with librettist Royce Vavrek, was commissioned by Opera Philadelphia and Beth Morrison Projects.  It premiered in September of 2016 and was called “one of the best 21st-century American operas yet” by Opera News, “powerful… dark and daring” by the New York Times, and “savage, heartbreaking and thoroughly original” by the Wall Street Journal. In February 2012 Beth Morrison Projects presented Song from the Uproar, Missy’s first multimedia chamber opera, which had a sold-out run at venerable New York venue The Kitchen. The Wall Street Journal called this work "both powerful and new", and the New York Times claimed that "in the electric surge of Ms. Mazzoli's score you felt the joy, risk and limitless potential of free spirits unbound." Recent months included the premiere of an extended work for her ensemble Victoire and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and new works performed by pianist Emanuel Ax, the BBC Symphony, the LA Philharmonic and the Detroit Symphony. Upcoming commissions include new works for Opera Philadelphia, the National Ballet of Canada, Washington National Opera, Opera Omaha, and New York’s Miller Theatre.  Missy is the recipient of a Fulbright Grant, a 2015 Music grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and four ASCAP young composer awards. She recently founded Luna Lab, a mentorship program for young female composers in collaboration with the Kaufman Music Center in New York.  Missy recently joined the faculty at Mannes College of Music, and her works are published by G. Schirmer.  Recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” (New York Times) “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” (Time Out New York) and “one of the brightest lights to emerge from the Yale School of Music” (The New Yorker), Missy Mazzoli has had her music performed globally by the Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, New York City Opera, the Minnesota Orchestra and many others. She is Composer-in-Residence with Opera Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera and Music Theatre-Group, and in 2011-2012 was composer-in-residence with the Albany Symphony. In February 2012 Beth Morrison Projects presented Song from the Uproar, Missy’s first multimedia chamber opera, which had a sold-out run at venerable New York venue The Kitchen. The Wall Street Journal called this work ""both powerful and new"", and the New York Times claimed that ""in the electric surge of Ms. Mazzoli's score you felt the joy, risk and limitless potential of free spirits unbound."" Recent months included the premiere of new works performed by pianist Emanuel Ax, Kronos Quartet, ETHEL, the LA Philharmonic and the Detroit Symphony. In 2013 Missy was commissioned by Carnegie Hall to create Vespers for a New Dark Age, a work for her ensemble Victoire, percussionist Glenn Kotche (of Wilco) and electronic producer Lorna Dune. They premiered this work at Carnegie Hall and released the recording on New Amsterdam Records last March. With librettist Royce Vavrek, Missy is currently working on an operatic adaptation of Breaking the Waves, a 1996 film by Lars von Trier. Breaking the Waves will premiere at Opera Philadelphia in 2016.

    Missy is the recipient of four ASCAP Young Composer Awards as well as a Fulbright Grant to the Netherlands. She has taught at New York University and Yale University, and from 2007-2010 served as Executive Director of the MATA Festival in New York City. Her music is published by G. Schirmer.
     

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