Michael Laurello (b. 1981) is an American composer and multi-instrumentalist whose music reflects his fascination with rhythmic complexity, visceral power, and emotional immediacy. He has collaborated with ensembles and soloists such as Sō Percussion, the Nashville Symphony, HOCKET, Triplepoint Trio, The Videnia Quintet, Sandbox Percussion, the Yale Percussion Group, The Brass Project (Curtis Institute of Music), the 15.19 Ensemble, NotaRiotous (The Boston Microtonal Society), and bassist Sam Suggs. His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, PASIC, the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Carlsbad Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, N_SEME, the National Conference of the Society of Composers, Inc., and has been featured on I CARE IF YOU LISTEN. Recent commissions include new works for icarus Quartet (iQ), Tala Rasa Percussion, and Cisum Percussion. In 2016, his music was performed by the New York-based musicians' collective, ShoutHouse, as the winner of their call for scores, and he also released his debut EP, Rose, in collaboration with PARMA Recordings. His piano four-hands piece, Touch (2016), received its New York premiere by HOCKET at the 2017 MATA Festival in April.
Laurello studied composition at Yale (A.D., 2015), where he received the Woods Chandler Memorial Prize. He also holds an M.A. in composition from Tufts University and a B.M. in music synthesis (electronic production and design) from Berklee College of Music. His mentors include David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, and John McDonald. Recent honors include a commission from the American Composers Forum, selection for the SCI 50th Anniversary National Conference, participation in the Nashville Symphony Composer Lab and Workshop, participation in the EarShot Berkeley Symphony Readings, a Baumgardner Fellowship and Commission from the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival's Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop, and an Emerging Artist Award from Boston's St. Botolph Club Foundation. He has attended the highSCORE and Etchings composition festivals, and was a composition fellow at the 2015 Bang on a Can Summer Festival. During the summer of 2016 he was in residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute with Triplepoint Trio.
Updated: April 2017
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