Missy Mazzoli

Biography

Composer, Orpheus Alive

Missy Mazzoli has had her music performed all over the world by Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, pianist Emanuel Ax, Opera Philadelphia, LA Opera, Cincinnati Opera, New York City Opera, Chicago Fringe Opera, Detroit Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, JACK Quartet, cellist Maya Beiser, violinist Jennifer Koh, pianist Kathleen SupovĂ©, Dublin’s Crash Ensemble, Sydney Symphony and many others.

Her second opera, Breaking the Waves, a collaboration with librettist Royce Vavrek commissioned by Opera Philadelphia and Beth Morrison Projects, premiered to great acclaim in Philadelphia in 2016 and as part of New York’s Prototype Festival in 2017. From 2012– 2015 she was Composer-in-Residence with Opera Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera and Music Theatre-Group and in the 2011/12 season was Composer/Educator in residence with the Albany Symphony. Ms. Mazzoli was a visiting professor of music at New York University in 2013 and later that year joined the composition faculty at the Mannes College of Music, a division of the New School.

Earlier projects include the critically acclaimed sold-out premiere of Ms. Mazzoli’s first opera, Song from the Uproar, in a Beth Morrison production at New York venue The Kitchen in March 2012. In October 2012, her operatic work, SALT, a re-telling of the story of Lot’s Wife written for cellist Maya Beiser and vocalist Helga Davis, premiered as part of the BAM Next Wave Festival and at UNC Chapel Hill, directed by Robert Woodruff. She also created several orchestral arrangements for innovative Danish band Efterklang’s most recent album, Piramida. Efterklang premiered these arrangements with the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House in May 2012 and went on to perform them around the world.

She is an active pianist and keyboardist and often performs with Victoire, a band she founded in 2008 dedicated to her own compositions. Their debut full-length CD, Cathedral City, was named one of 2010′s best classical albums by Time Out New York, NPR, the New Yorker and the New York Times and was followed by the critically acclaimed Vespers for a New Dark Age. In the past nine years they have played in venues all over the world including Carnegie Hall, the M.A.D.E. Festival in Sweden, the C3 Festival in Berlin, Millennium Park (Chicago), The Winter Garden (New York, as part of the Bang-on-a-Can New Music Marathon), Overtoom 301 (Amsterdam), The Music Gallery (Toronto) and Le Poisson Rouge (New York, as part of the Wordless Music Series). In February 2011 they joined The National, Owen Pallett and Efterklang on a tour of the Netherlands as part of the Cross-Linx Festival, and in November 2011 joined My Brightest Diamond (Shara Worden) for performances in Belgium and Paris. Pitchfork praised Victoire for “condensing moments of focused beauty and quiet conviction from the pandemic distractions of modern life," WNYC dubbed the group “consuming and arresting," and NPR’s First Listen asks “Is Victoire’s music post-rock, post-mimimalist or pseudo-post-pre-modernist indie-chamber-electronica? It doesn’t particularly matter. It’s just good music.”

Ms. Mazzoli was the recipient of a 2015 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, four ASCAP Young Composer Awards, a Fulbright Grant to The Netherlands, Detroit Symphony’s Elaine Lebenbom Award and grants from the Jerome Foundation, American Music Center and the Barlow Endowment. She has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Ucross, VCCA, Blue Mountain Center and the Hermitage. Ms. Mazzoli is also active as an educator and a mentor to young composers, in 2006 she taught composition in the Music Department of Yale University and from 2007– 2010 was Executive Director of the MATA Festival in New York City, an organization dedicated to promoting the work of young composers.

Ms. Mazzoli attended the Yale School of Music, the Royal Conservatory of the Hague and Boston University. She has studied with David Lang, Louis Andriessen, Martin Bresnick, Aaron Jay Kernis, Martijn Padding, Richard Ayres, John Harbison, Charles Fussell, Martin Amlin, Marco Stroppa, Ladislav Kubik, Louis DeLise and Richard Cornell.