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I playteach, write, and write about contemporary music.


A fierce advocate of contemporary music, Anne Lanzilotti has distinguished herself premiering works and collaborating with composers of her generation. Read more about her current commissioning initiative with Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Andrew Norman, and Scott Wollschleger called The 20/19 Project.

In the fall, Lanzilotti will be starting a new position as Assistant Professor of Viola at University of Northern Colorado School of Music. She is currently on the faculty at NYU Steinhardt, where she maintains a studio of undergraduate and graduate students, coaches chamber music from Mozart to Shaw, and teaches a two-semester course on extended techniques for strings that she developed. A native of Hawai‘i, Lanzilotti is a co-founder and Artistic Consultant for Kalikolehua — El Sistema Hawai‘i, a free orchestra program for underserved youth.

This season includes performances with ICE, The Rhythm Method string quartet, and Ensemble Échappé, and recording projects of works by Dai Fujikura, David Lang, and Caroline Shaw. As an orchestral musician, Lanzilotti played in the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin as a fellowship violist, during which time the orchestra premiered many new works at the international new music festivals MaerzMusik and Ultraschall, and recorded Wagner and Janáček for the Dutch Label PentaTone. Lanzilotti was co-Principal violist of the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. Additionally, she performed under Pierre Boulez as a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy. In addition to classical performance, Lanzilotti has worked with artists such as Björk, DeVotchka, and She & Him.

As a composer, this season includes the premiere of her piece birth, death (for obsidian sound sculptures, strings, and voice) at The Noguchi Museum, and Periapsis Music and Dance's first Emerging Artist Residency for Choreographers & Composers where she will be developing a new work with choreographer Wendell Gray II. Lanzilotti's debut EP Wanderweg is available on Bandcamp.

Lanzilotti has published articles in Music & Literature and Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, and has edited viola editions of works by Martin Bresnick, Andrew Norman, and Scott Wollschleger. Lanzilotti's dissertation is an analysis of Andrew Norman’s The Companion Guide to Rome showing the influence of architecture and visual art on the work. As an extension of the research, she created Shaken Not Stuttered, a free online resource demonstrating extended techniques for strings used in Norman’s orchestral and chamber works.

Dr. Lanzilotti holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Yale School of Music, and Manhattan School of Music. Her mentors include Hiroko Primrose, Peter Slowik, Jesse Levine, Martin Bresnick, Wilfried Strehle, Karen Ritscher, and Reiko Füting.

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