SHORT BIO

Zosha Di Castri is a Canadian composer/pianist living in New York. Her work (which has been performed in Canada, the US, South America, and Europe) extends beyond purely concert music including projects with electronics, sound arts, and collaborations with video and dance. She has worked with such ensembles as the San Francisco Symphony, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the L.A. Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, ICE, Wet Ink, Ekmeles, the NEM, and Talea Ensemble among others. Besides composing, Zosha is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Columbia University.

 

 

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ABOUT

Zosha Di Castri is a Canadian composer/pianist living in New York. Her work (which has been performed in Canada, the US, South America, Asia, and Europe) extends beyond purely concert music, including projects with electronics, sound arts, and collaborations with video and dance.

Most recently, she was commissioned by the National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada to compose Dear Life, a 25-minute multi-media work for orchestra, soprano, and recorded narrator, based on a short story by Alice Munro. Her evening-length new music theatre work, Phonobellow (co-written with David Adamcyk) was premiered by ICE in New York and Montreal in 2015. Phonobellow features five musicians, a large kinetic sound sculpture, electronics, and video in a reflection on the influence of photography and phonography on human perception.

Her orchestral compositions have been commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, and Esprit Orchestra, and have been featured by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Amazonas Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra among others. Zosha has made appearances with the Chicago Symphony, the L.A. Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players in their chamber music series and has worked with many leading new music groups including Talea Ensemble, Wet Ink, Ekmeles, the NEM, and JACK Quartet.

She was the recipient of the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music for her work Cortège in 2012, and participated in Ircam's Manifeste Festival, writing an interactive electronic work for Thomas Hauert's dance company, ZOO.

Other recent projects include a solo for violinist Jennifer Koh, and a new string quartet for the Banff International String Quartet Competition.  In the near future, Zosha will be writing a solo piano piece for Julia Den Boer, commissioned by the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, and a new work for Yarn/Wire, commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts. Zosha completed a bachelors of music in piano performance and composition at McGill University, and has a doctorate from Columbia University in composition. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Columbia. 

(updated Sep.28, 2016)