The Culture Trip | By Helen Armitage
While the great composers like Bach and Beethoven may still reign supreme in classical music circles, a generation of new young composers are challenging its traditional boundaries. From the haunting ‘indie-classical’ sounds of Missy Mazzoli to Judd Greenstein’s post-genre adventures, we profile ten innovative young composers bringing new life to classical music.
Hailed by The New York Times as one of the ‘more consistently inventive and surprising composers now working in New York’, Missy Mazzoli is an American composer and keyboardist based in Brooklyn whose works straddle the line between classical and indie with a haunting, innovative sound. Her debut opera Song from the Uproar premiered in 2012 to rave reviews and her works have been performed worldwide by the New York City Opera and Sydney Symphony, to name but a few. Currently working as composer-in-residence with Opera Philadelphia and Gotham Chamber Opera, Mazzoli’s future projects include Breaking the Waves – a chamber opera based Lars Von Triers 1996 film of the same name due to premiere in 2016.
A native of New York City, Judd Greenstein’s work is firmly rooted in the post-genre sensibility with a sound that never shies away from mixing different styles and instruments. His music remains wholly open to many different influences – reflected in the diverse bodies that have commissioned his work and range from the experimental NOW Ensemble, to more traditional bodies like the North Carolina Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra. An entrepreneurial soul with a true passion for music in all forms, Greenstein is also the brainchild behind genre-bending record label New Amsterdam Records and the curator of New York’s Ecstatic Music Festival which showcases cross-genre collaborations.