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Adolphe, Julia - F - United States of America 




Twenty-seven year old composer Julia Adolphe’s music has already been described as “alive with invention” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker), “colorful, mercurial, deftly orchestrated” (Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times) and a “mastery of dynamic as well as harmonic complexity” (Financial Times). After the premiere of her chamber opera SYLVIA, Emusic claimed “Adolphe has established herself as a major new composer.” Adolphe’s works have received performances across the U.S. and abroad by renowned groups such as the New York Philharmonic, Inscape Chamber Orchestra, the USC Thornton Symphony, JACK Quartet violinist Christopher Otto and cellist Kevin McFarland, Grammy nominated pianist Aron Kallay, guitarist Mak Grgić, the What’s Next? Ensemble, Nouveau Classical Project, the Cornell University Chorus and the Great Noise Ensemble, among others. In 2015, Adolphe received a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Adolphe is a native New Yorker living in Los Angeles.

Current commissions include a viola concerto for the New York Philharmonic and Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps, to be premiered in a future season. This work is commissioned by the League of American Orchestras and the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, Music Director, with generous support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. This commission follows on the heels of the New York Philharmonic’s premiering Adolphe’s orchestral work Dark Sand, Sifting Light as part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL in June 2014. A winner of the international EarShot New Music Readings’ competition, Adolphe’s first orchestral work was hailed as “remarkably assured…an upbeat to something grander” (The New Yorker). Additionally, Adolphe is composing an opera set in present-day Iran with librettist Nahal Navidar.

Adolphe’s chamber opera, SYLVIA, received premiere concert performances at New York City’s Bargemusic in March 2013 in a set of performances produced by the composer herself. Based on her original story and libretto, Adolphe composed and produced a workshop of SYLVIA in April 2012 at the Lost Studio theatre in Los Angeles. An excerpt of the one-act opera was subsequently performed at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust as part of the Yom HaShoah Commemoration and called “ambitious and defiantly audacious” (Out West Arts). In New York, SYLVIA was hailed as “a short, sharp, powerful opera…searingly vivid” (eMusic) presented “with great clarity, composer and librettist Julia Adolphe encapsulates Sylvia’s dilemma in a plaintive cry” (cityArts).

Adolphe is also an active writer, teacher, and producer. In 2014, NewMusicBox published Adolphe’s articles on teaching music in an all-male maximum security prison. In 2013, Adolphe was co-producer of The Prodigal Son conducted by James Conlon for the LA Opera Britten Centennial. She served as the Primary Research Assistant for Conlon’s Orel Foundation, which is dedicated to reviving music suppressed during the Third Reich. As a USC Teaching Assistant, Adolphe taught courses on the History of the Beatles and Classic Rock.

Adolphe has received numerous awards, including grants from the American Composers Forum, New Music USA, the Sam Spiegel Foundation, the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, and the Puffin Foundation. She received the Theodore Front Prize from the International Alliance for Women in Music, the Hans J. Salter Endowed Music Award, the Jimmy McHugh Composition Prize, the John James Blackmore Prize, and the John S. Knight Prize for her article “The Physical Spell of Gregorian Chant,” published in 2008. Adolphe currently pursues a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the USC Thornton School of Music. Prior teachers include Stephen Hartke, Steven Stucky, and Donald Crockett. Adolphe holds a Master of Music degree in music composition from USC and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and the College Scholar Program from Cornell University.





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