Gabriella Smith is a composer from the San Francisco Bay Area who currently attends Princeton University where she is a Naumberg and Roger Sessions doctoral fellow. Her upcoming projects include new works for the New York Virtuoso Singers, Gallicantus, and Gabriel Cabezas.
Smith’s music has been performed throughout the United States and internationally by eighth blackbird, PRISM Quartet, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Azure Ensemble, Berkeley Symphony, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Classical Revolution, Contemporaneous, Dinosaur Annex, Ensemble39, Friction Quartet, Monadnock Music, and Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra. She has received commissions from the New York Virtuoso Singers, Friction Quartet, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival for their 2012 season opening concert, One Book One Philadelphia in celebration of Edwidge Danticat’s book Create Dangerously, Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble for their 9th Annual Young Composers Concert, the Rock School of Ballet in Philadelphia, Monadnock Music in collaboration with poet Marcia Falk of the MacDowell Colony, and the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra through their Youth-for-Youth Commissioning Project.
Smith has participated in many summer music festivals, including the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, France; Music11 in Blonay, Switzerland; Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont; Aspen Music Festival and School; Monadnock Music in Peterborough, New Hampshire; and the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program in Putney, Vermont. She has received three ASCAP/Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (2014, 2013, and 2009), the Theodore Presser Foundation Music Award (2012), and the First Place Prize in the 2009 Pacific Musical Society Composition Competition.
She received her B.M. from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with David Ludwig, Jennifer Higdon, and Richard Danielpour. Before beginning her studies at Curtis, Smith performed as a violinist in the Superdelegates (an improv avant-garde classical/blues string quartet), the Formerly Known as Classical new music ensemble, and the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra. She currently sings in the Princeton University Georgian Choir.
Smith was selected in an ongoing collaboration between composer John Adams and Marin Alsop of the Cabrillo Festival to identify the next generation of exceptional talent. Her latest work, Tumblebird Contrails, was commissioned by the Harmony Pacific Foundation and will receive its world premiere performance on Saturday, August 9, 2014.
When not making music, Smith enjoys backpacking, birding, homebrewing, dancing Argentine tango, and working on her backyard farm in Northern California with her chickens.
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