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Arlene Sierra


London, GB         

London-based American composer Arlene Sierra gained international recognition when her first score for large orchestra, Aquilo, was awarded the Takemitsu Prize. Described by Time Out New York as "spry, savage, sly and seductive," Sierra's compositions take their impetus from rich sources including Darwinian evolution and game theory. Important commissions include Game of Attrition – New York Philharmonic, Art of War – BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Cicada Shell - Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, Insects in Amber – Cheltenham Music Festival, Neruda Settings – Tanglewood Music Festival, Hand Mit Ringen – Huddersfield Music Festival, and Moler – Seattle Symphony. Awards for Arlene Sierra’s work have included the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Classical Recording Foundation Composer of the Year, a PRS New Music Biennial commission, a Tanglewood Paul Jacobs Award commission, and fellowships including Aspen, Aldeburgh Britten-Pears, and the MacDowell Colony. She has had the honor of Composer Portrait concerts at the Crush Room, Royal Opera House, London, the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, Vermont, and Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, New York.   Born in Miami to a family of New Yorkers, Arlene Sierra is a graduate of Oberlin College-Conservatory, Yale School of Music and the University of Michigan. Dr Sierra is Senior Lecturer and Director of the MMus in Composition at Cardiff University School of Music. A sought-after teacher and lecturer, her guest professorships and master classes have included Eastman School of Music, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea), Cambridge University, and Kings College London.


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Articles December 16 2009 | By Arlene Sierra
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By Arlene Sierra I've been based in London for the past ten years, since finishing my doctorate at University of Michigan, and have had some great opportunities to come home...