Chelsea Komschlies (b. 1991, Appleton, WI), whose music has been said to possess an “ingratiating allure” (San Diego Story), recently completed a post-graduate Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she was awarded The Alfredo Casella Award for composition. At Curtis she studied with Richard Danielpour and David Ludwig. Chelsea received her Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she studied with Daniel Kellogg and Carter Pann and received the Thurston Manning Composition Award and Cecil Effinger Fellowship in Composition. 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 in eleven countries on four continents around the world. She has received commissions from Alarm Will Sound, the Philadelphia Bach Festival, the Rock School for Dance Education, One Book, One Philadelphia, and a distinguished composition fellow commission from the Cortona Sessions for New Music. She has had performances at events such as the Ravinia Festival and the finale concert of Make Music Chicago and has received fellowships at programs such as the Copland House, Mizzou International Composers Festival, Aspen Music Festival, the Fontainebleau School where Nadia Boulanger once taught, and a number of other festivals in the U.S. and abroad. Her recent projects include a piece for organ, harpsichord, and orchestra, premiered by the Curtis Institute in 2018, and an extended reality collaboration with Drexel University game design and software engineer students using the Microsoft Hololens. Upcoming premieres include a commissioned oratorio for the Bach Festival of Philadelphia for voices and period instruments as well as a piece for Alarm Will Sound. Chelsea will begin her doctoral degree in composition this coming fall at McGill University. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys drawing, digital painting, creating hand-sculpted jewelry, and haunting her favorite local coffee shops.
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