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Laura Schwendinger is a Professor of Music and Head of Music Composition at UW Madison, and the first winner of the Berlin Prize in Music. Her music has been championed by Dawn Upshaw, the Arditti and JACK Quartets, Jenny Koh, Janine Jansen, Matt Haimovitz, ICE, Eighth Blackbird, Lincoln Trio, New Juilliard, Trinity Wall St, American Composers Orchestra, Liszt Chamber Orchestra, NewMusic USA, and the American League of Orchestras; At Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Berlin Philhaermonic, Wigmore Hall, Théâtre Châtelet, Carnegie Hall, Miller Theater, and the Tanglewood, Aspen, Bennington, and Ojai Music Festivals. Her honors include Fellowships from the Guggenheim, Fromm, Koussevitzky Foundations; Chamber Music America, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard Musical Association, Copland House, and MacDowell, Yaddo, Bellagio, and Bogliasco Fellowships. She was the 1st Prize winner of ALEA III in 1995, and a recipient of two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, including the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship for “mid-career composers of exceptional gifts.”

The New York Times describes Schwendinger’s music as “darkly attractive, artful and moving,” “evok[ing] serene mystery…infinite beauty.” The Chicago Tribune acclaims her “acute sonic imagination, sure command of craft”; “shrewd composing, the genuine article,” writes the Boston Globe. About her opera Artemisia, SF Classical voice review wrote, “Artemisia is sumptuous on every level.” Describing her Albany CD with the JACK Quartet, Fanfare writes “the intensity of the music…is spellbinding, as if the passion of the composer for her subject shines through like a light.”

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