Filed under: Composers
Born: September 9, 1980
Current Location: Providence, RI
Kirsten Volness is a composer, pianist, and educator who grew up outside a small town in southern Minnesota – a place which fostered in her a keen interest in the outdoors. The magic to be found in the natural world informs and inspires her creative work, as do various spiritual traditions. She has received commissions from the BMI Foundation and ASCAP/SEAMUS and has written for various performers such as the NOW Ensemble, Colorado Quartet, and Ann Arbor Symphony. She was recently named winner of the 2010 Fellowship in Music Composition from the RI State Council on the Arts. Her electroacoustic work has been performed at numerous festivals including Bourges, SEAMUS, NYCEMF, Third Practice, and Electronic Music Midwest. Her acoustic work has been featured at festivals presented by the American Composers Alliance, Midwest Composers Symposia, and the Montréal and Edinburgh Fringe.
Kirsten earned composition degrees from the University of Michigan (DMA, MM) and the University of Minnesota (BA, summa cum laude). Some of her past teachers include Evan Chambers, William Bolcom, Betsy Jolas, Bright Sheng, Michael Daugherty, and Judith Zaimont. She currently resides and teaches privately in Providence, RI and produces new music/multimedia concerts in New York and New England.
Music © 2010 by Kirsten Volness
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