Lisa Bielawa

The New York Philharmonic

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Composer and vocalist Lisa Bielawa is a 2009 Rome Prize winner in Musical Composition. She takes inspiration for her work from literary sources and close artistic collaborations. Born in San Francisco into a musical family, Ms. Bielawa played violin and piano, sang, and composed from childhood. She moved to New York in 1990, after graduating from Yale University, and became an active participant in New York musical life. She began touring as the vocalist with the Philip Glass Ensemble in 1992 and has premiered and toured works by John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, and Michael Gordon. In 1997 she co-founded the MATA Festival, which celebrates the work of young composers. Ms. Bielawa was appointed artistic director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus in 2013 and is an artist-in-residence at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California. Lisa Bielawa’s music is frequently performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. Recent highlights include a performance of Trojan Women at Le Poisson Rouge and a residency at Zorn’s The Stone, plus world premieres of Hypermelodia at The Rivers School Conservatory, The Right Weather by ACO at Carnegie Hall, The Lay of the Love and Death at Lincoln Center, Chance Encounter by Susan Narucki and The Knights, and Airfield Broadcasts, a work for hundreds of musicians that was premiered on the tarmac of the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin in May 2013 and later performed at Crissy Field in San Francisco in October 2013. Ms. Bielawa is currently at work on Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser, a new opera composed on a libretto by Erik Ehn and directed by Charles Otte, created for episodic release via broadcast and online media. Vireo won the 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Multimedia Award. Her latest album, The Lay of the Love, was released on Innova in June 2015.
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