Missy Mazzoli


A well-established composer of contemporary music, Missy Mazzolidraws audiences equally into concert halls and rock clubs. Her unique music inhabits a gorgeous and mysterious sound-world that melds indie-rock sensibilities with formal training from Louis Andriessen, David Lang, and others; and she was recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” by the New York Times and “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” by Time Out New York.

Ms. Mazzoli’s works have been performed by the Kronos and JACK quartets, eighth blackbird, LA Opera, the Detroit and Sydney symphonies, the Minnesota Orchestra, New York City Opera, cellist Maya Beiser, violinist Jennifer Koh, and many others. Her chamber opera Breaking the Waves, based on Lars von Trier’s 1996 film, had its world premiere at Opera Philadelphia in September 2016 to critical acclaim. Other recent projects include a production of her 2012 opera Song from the Uproarat Chautauqua Opera, Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vesper Sparrow for Roomful of Teeth, New New York Songs for the Young People’s Chorus of New York, Bolts of Loving Thunder for Emanuel Ax, and Quartet for Queen Mab for ETHEL.