Lisa Bielawa


Lisa Bielawa
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Composer and vocalist Lisa Bielawa often takes inspiration for her work from literary sources and close artistic collaborations. Bielawa's The Lay of the Love and Death, written for violinist Colin Jacobsen and baritone Jesse Blumberg and based on an epic poem by Rilke, premiered at Alice Tully Hall in March 2006. Her 2004 work Hurry, for soprano and chamber ensemble, was commissioned by Carnegie Hall as part of Dawn Upshaw's Perspectives series, and was subsequently performed on the Seattle Symphony Made in America Festival in 2006, with the composer as soloist. The inaugural season of Zankel Hall included the premiere of her work The Right Weather by American Composers Orchestra and award-winning pianist Andrew Armstrong.

Bielawa will begin a three-year residency with Boston Modern Orchestra Project in 2006 under the auspices of Music Alive, a national program jointly designed and managed by Meet The Composer and ASOL. She is currently at work on a piece for migrating ensembles and soprano Susan Narucki for performance in public spaces, a multi-year project of Creative Capital. Bielawa has received grants, fellowships, and awards from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, ASCAP, the Omaha Symphony International Competition, and the Fondation Royaumont in France.

Discussion Panels with Lisa Bielawa:

Composition Matters
06/19/06 - 06/23/06