Chelsea Komschlies (b. 1991), a native of Appleton, Wisconsin, recently completed an Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with David Ludwig and Richard Danielpour. Chelsea received her Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2015, where she studied with Daniel Kellogg and Carter Pann. Chelsea, who grew up creating and loving all sorts of visual art, often uses real or imagined images as inspiration for her works, and listeners frequently say her music has strong visual qualities. One of her goals is that listeners make deep, instinctual associations with her music, be they emotional, visual, or otherwise abstract.
Chelsea’s music has been performed across the United States as well as in Canada, the U.K., France, Australia, Japan, and Italy. She has had performances at events such as the Ravinia Festival and the finale concert of Make Music Chicago, and her music has been programmed extensively by the Fifth House Ensemble, called “one of Chicago’s most imaginative chamber music groups” by the Chicago Classical Review.
Chelsea’s compositional goals include writing for traditional ensembles as well as creating immersive multimedia works that create a powerful full-body, visual, and multi-sensory experience for the listener. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys digital painting, creating hand-sculpted jewelry, and haunting her favorite local coffee shops.