About the educator

Veronika Krausas

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Veronika Krausas

Of Lithuanian heritage, composer Veronika Krausas was born in Australia raised in Canada, and lives in Los Angeles. She has directed, composed for, and produced multi-media events that incorporate her works with dance, acrobatics and video. The Globe & Mail (Toronto) writes "her works, whose organic, lyrical sense of storytelling are supported by a rigid formal elegance, give her audiences a sense that nature's frozen objects are springing to life."

Her chamber opera The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth, based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, was premiered at the New York City Opera’s VOX 2008 festival. It was staged and won both the Best Opera and Best Performance with soprano Michelle Jasso at Goat Hall Productions Works for Opera (San Francisco - 2009). A full production was mounted in Los Angeles in August 2010 to sold-out audiences. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times said of her chamber opera “Something novel this way comes.”

Commissions and performances include Ensemble musikFabrik, Esprit Orchestra, The Vancouver Symphony, ERGO Projects, Continuum Music, Toca Loca, Fort Worth Opera, and Motion Music. In February 2009 the Penderecki String Quartet gave the US Premiere of midaregami, her work for string quartet and mezzo-soprano, at REDCAT Theater in Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles.  It will receive repeat performances this March at USC in a multi-media event with films by Mike Patterson, Candace Reckinger, David Lynch and Agnes Varda and in Canada at the Perimeter Institute.

Language of the Birds, a commission for the 25th Anniversary of the San Francisco Choral Artists with the Alexander String Quartet, using text by the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, premiered in May 2011 in San Francisco. It was released as a CD by Foghorn Classics with Ferlinghetti reciting his poetry. Her chamber orchestra work analemma was an official selection of the US for the 2012 World Music Days in Belgium and she was the featured composer at the 2013 Céret Music Festival.  In 2008 she organized a concert and CD release for The Player Piano Project, a collection of works for player piano by 22 composers from 6 countries. 

Upcoming concerts include Sillages for four double basses on the Jacaranda concert series in March 2015.  This work premiered at the LA Philharmonic’s chamber music series earlier this year.  Steven Vanhauwaert commissioned and will premiere her new piano études at RedCat in June as part of the Piano Spheres series.  She is one of 6 composers involved in The Industry’s new mobile opera project Hopscotch in 2015.

Krausas has music composition degrees from the University of Toronto, McGill University in Montreal, and a doctorate from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she is a Professor in the Composition Department.  She serves on the advisory council of Jacaranda and People Inside Electronics and is an associate artist with LA’s acclaimed new opera company The Industry.