The music of Loren Loiacono (b. 1989) has been described as “plush...elusive” (New York Times), “vivid and colorful” (Albany Times Union), “dreamy, lilting” (Pioneer Press), and “quirky and fun” (Bad Entertainment- Twin Cities). An emerging orchestral voice, she has received commissions and performances from such nationally esteemed ensembles as the Detroit Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and the American Composers Orchestra. She is a frequent collaborator of the Albany Symphony, with whom she will serve as Mellon Composer-Educator-in-Residence during the 2017-18 season. In 2012, the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic premiered her Violin Concerto at St. Petersburg’s Shostakovich Philharmonic Hall, with Nicholas DiEugenio as soloist. Ms. Loiacono is also a prolific writer of chamber and vocal music, with performances by ensembles and performers including clarinetist Anthony McGill, pianist Xak Bjerken, cellist Peter Stumpf, New Morse Code, Latitude 49, the New York Virtuosi Singers, Music from Copland House, Transit New Music Ensemble, and the JACK, FLUX, Friction, Argus and Altius String Quartets. She has received awards from ASCAP's Morton Gould Awards, New York Youth Symphony’s First Music Commissioning Program, the Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute, and many others. In 2015, she was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where her “Stout With Another Man’s Song” was performed by the New Fromm Players. In 2017, she received The ASCAP Foundation Fellowship for Composition at The Aspen Music Festival & School. Ms. Loiacono is also an active member of the New York new music scene; she is a co-founder of the Kettle Corn New Music concert series, and is Director of Operations for the MATA Festival. A native of Stony Brook, New York, she is a doctoral candidate at Cornell University, where she studied with Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra and Kevin Ernste. She also holds degrees from Yale University (MM/BA).
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