A fierce advocate of contemporary music, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti has distinguished herself by collaborating with composers of her generation. Read more about her current commissioning initiative with Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Andrew Norman, and Scott Wollschleger, The 20/19 Project. A "leading composer-performer" (The New York Times), Lanzilotti has performed with contemporary music ensembles such as A Far Cry, Alarm Will Sound, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Ensemble Échappé, and Ensemble Signal. In addition to contemporary classical performance, Lanzilotti has worked with artists such as Björk, DeVotchka, and She & Him. As a recording artist, she has played on albums from Björk's Vulnicura Live and Joan Osborne's Love and Hate, to Dai Fujikura's Chance Monsoon and Ted Hearne's The Source.
Lanzilotti is the Assistant Professor of Viola and Director of Uncommon Ensemble (the contemporary music ensemble) at University of Northern Colorado School of Music. In addition, she is Co-Director of UNC's Open Space Festival of New Music. In the summer she is viola and composition faculty at Point Counterpoint. Previously, she was on the faculty at New York University and Casalmaggiore International Music Festival. 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.
As a composer, Lanzilotti is interested in translating sounds from everyday life onto traditional instruments using nontraditional playing methods. Her compositions often deal with unique instrument-objects, such as her commissions from The Noguchi Museum involving sound sculptures or the Akari Light Sculpture installation, and collaborations with Nina C. Young and Senem Pirler. Last season, Lanzilotti was featured as a composer-performer on Tulsa Living Arts OK Electric Festival, and both the Dots + Loops series and Sound School series in Australia.
Lanzilotti has published articles in Music & Literature and Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, written program notes for London Symphony Orchestra, and has edited viola editions of works by Martin Bresnick, Andrew Norman, and Scott Wollschleger. She also produced Wollschleger's latest album, Soft Aberration (as well as writing the liner notes and performing). 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. In addition, Lanzilotti was an orchestral fellow in the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and New World Symphony. She participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy under Pierre Boulez, and was the original violist in the Lucerne Festival Alumni Ensemble. Her mentors include Hiroko Primrose, Peter Slowik, Jesse Levine, Martin Bresnick, Wilfried Strehle, Karen Ritscher, and Reiko Füting.
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