Described as “luscious” and “passionate“, the music of JUHI BANSAL takes its inspiration from a widely disparate set of elements. As an Indian composer brought up in Hong Kong, her pieces draw subtly on those traditions, entwining them closely and intricately with the gestures of classical music. Expressive and emotive, much of her music begins with extramusical origins: visual stills from nature, poetry, or poignant and biting phrases of prose.
Her works have received numerous national honours and awards, including the Five Colleges New Music Festival Competition, ASCAP Lotte Lehman Foundation Art song Competition, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer awards, and fellowships to attend the Atlantic Music Center, Seasons Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Symposium, and the Pacific Music Festival. Recent commissions include Where Shadow Chases Light, commissioned by the Oakland East Bay Symphony; I’ve Looked For You (text by Gregory Scofield), commissioned by the AIDS Quilt Songbook 20th Anniversary project; and Land of Waking Dreams, commissioned by pianist Nic Gerpe and Piano Spheres.