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.
String quartet Pannonia Boundless, commissioned by Kronos Quartet is to be published by Boosey&Hawkes in June 2006.
Aleksandra Vrebalov teaches at the City College/CUNY.