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Paola Prestini


About this Artist

PAOLA PRESTINI is “the enterprising composer and impresario” (The New York Times) behind the new Brooklyn venue National Sawdust and the ”Visionary-In-Chief” (Time Out NY) of the production company VisionIntoArt (VIA), home to VIA Records. Named one of NPR’s “Top 100 Composers in the World under 40,” her compositions are deemed “radiant... amorously evocative” by The New York Times, and ”spellbinding” by The Washington Post. She has collaborated with poets, filmmakers, conservationists, and astrophysicists in multi-media works that have been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the New York Philharmonic, and the Kronos Quartet. She works frequently with artistic producer Beth Morrison of BMP to create large scale multimedia works which include Gilgamesh, an opera with Michael Counts and Cerise Jacobs to premiere in Boston in 2016; the Labyrinth Installation Concertos performed this Spring at the Isabella Gardner Museum; The Hubble, commissioned by Bay Chamber Concerts, with astrophysicist Mario Livio for the Hubble's 25th anniversary;  and Aging Magician with Rinde Eckert, Julian Crouch, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, commissioned by the Walker Art Center and Krannert Center. Other works include Two Oars, a new opera with Robert Wilson; Epiphany, for the Young People’s Chorus, performed at BAM’s 2015 Next Wave Festival; The Colorado, an eco/film cantata developed at MASS MoCA for Roomful of Teeth, Glenn Kotche, and Jeffrey Zeigler, to premiere at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Houston’s Da Camera series; and the folk opera Oceanic Verses (a BMP co-production) for Watermill’s 10th anniversary. Her music is released on VIA Records, Innova, and Tzadik. She studied at the Juilliard School and was a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow for New Americans.