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Erin Gee - USA


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About Erin Gee

In January 2014, Erin Gee was cited by Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, as one of the most influential composer-vocalists of the 21st century; since then she has been awarded the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Bogliasco Fellowship. Gee’s awards for composition include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, the 2008 Rome Prize, Zürich Opera House’s Teatro Minimo, a Schloss Solitude Fellowship, and the Picasso-Mirò Medal (Rostrum of Composers) among others. She has been commissioned by the Zurich Opera House for the opera SLEEP, twice by the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group under Esa-Pekka Salonen, and for four pieces by Klangforum Wien. Gee has also worked with the Latvian Radio Chamber Choir, Ensemble Recherche, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, Argento Ensemble, Wet Ink, TAK Ensemble, Arditti Quartet, JACK Quartet, Ascolta Ensemble, Le Balcon, ECCE Ensemble, Repertorio Zero, members of ICE, and many others. The American Composers Orchestra commissioned Mouthpiece XIII: Mathilde of Loci Part I for Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall, which was highlighted in Symphony Magazine (March/April 2010), and cited in the New York Times as “subtle and inventive.” The Boston Globe mentioned Mouthpiece 29 as a highlight of Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music in 2016. Gee is currently Assistant Professor of Composition at Brandeis University.
Gee’s debut portrait CD, Mouthpieces was released in January 2014 on the col legno label in Vienna and received a review in Gramophone, which stated, “Erin Gee clearly has a contribution to make,” and mentioned the “tangible virtuosity of Gee’s formidable vocal execution, as well as the comparable (if relatively more orthodox) finesse of the instrumental component.”

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