photo by Adriano Fagundes
Lisa Bielawa's compositions include concert works for orchestra, chorus, and solo voices, and music theater pieces and operas with playwright Erik Ehn, including the full-length opera Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser.
Recent works have evolved out of research into the writings of William Blake, Gertrude Stein, the Berlin Dadaists, and documentary histories of teenage girl visionaries.
Her grants, fellowships, and awards include the New York Foundation for the Arts 1996 Greg Millard Fellowship in Music Composition, three ASCAP Young Composers Competition Awards, the Omaha Symphony International Competition, and the Fondation Royaumont in France.
In 1997, her music theater piece Phrenic Crush (Erik Ehn, librettist) received its premiere production in San Francisco through the Haas Foundation Creative Work Fund.
Recent and current commissions include Western Wind, and San Francisco Girls Chorus, Association of Anglican Musicians, and the University of Iowa Theater Department.
She is co-producer of the Music at the Anthology concert series in New York, which commissions and premieres works by young composers. Since 1992, she has recorded and performed internationally as the vocalist in the Philip Glass Ensemble.
For more information, please visit Lisa at http://www.explodingmusic.org/bielawa.html