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Aleksandra Vrebalov’s works have been performed by Kronos Quartet, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, Vladimir Valjarevic, Jorge Caballero, Sausalito Quartet, Dusan Tynek Dance Company, Ijsbreker, and Moravian Philharmonic, among others. Recent residencies/festivals include Southwest Virginia Festival of the Arts and Mannes College of Music Bach Festival in New York City in 2006, RIPFest in New York City and Nomus (Novi Sad, Yugoslavia) in 2005, Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Memphis, Festival Ballet Providence, and New York’s New Dramatists in 2004, MacDowell Colony and American Opera Projects in 2003, June in Buffalo in 2002, OM Festival in San Francisco in 2001, Rockefeller Bellagio Center in 2000, and Tanglewood in 1999.
In 2006 Vrebalov was commissioned to write a piano concerto based on Balkan themes for Vladimir Valjarevic and Knoxville Symphony, and a piano trio for Bach and Baroque Legacy Festival at the Mannes College of Music in NYC. Three of her string quartets were performed by TAJJ String Quartet at the 2006 Interzone Festival in Serbia.
Last fall, she worked on the score for
Sleeping Beauty, an experimental film introduced at New York City’s Anthology Film Archives. Also in 2005, her piece for solo violin Lila was premiered in Weill Hall by Ana Milosavljevic. The premiere of the orchestral work Orbits opened the 30th Novi Sad Music Festivities and was broadcast live on Serbian National Television NS Channel. The same channel produced a 30-minute television biography of Vrebalov.
In 2004, Vrebalov received awards from ASCAP, American Music Center, Meet the Composer, The Douglas Moore Fund, and Friends and Enemies of New Music. Her full length ballet The Widow’s Broom, based on a book by Chris Van Allsburg and choreographed by Boston Ballet’s Viktor Plotnikov opened the 27th season of the Festival Ballet in Providence, RI in October 2004.
Aleksandra Vrebalov, native of Ex-Yugoslavia, left Serbia in 1995 and continued education in the US. She holds a doctorate from University of Michigan where she studied with Evan Chambers and Michael Daugherty, and a master’s degree from San Francisco Conservatory where her teacher was Elinor Armer. She participated in master classes and workshops that include New York University Summer Composition Workshop, Music Courses in Darmstadt (Germany), Szombathely (Hungary) and Kazimierz Dolny (Poland) in collaboration with IRCAM, and Cabrillo Festival in Santa Cruz, CA.
Her works have been recorded for Vienna Modern Masters and Nonesuch.
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Pannonia Boundless, commissioned by Kronos Quartet is to be published by Boosey&Hawkes in June 2006.
Aleksandra Vrebalov teaches at the City College/CUNY.