Michael Laurello is an American composer and pianist. He has collaborated with ensembles and soloists such as Sō Percussion, the Nashville Symphony, the Yale Philharmonia, Sandbox Percussion, the Yale Percussion Group, the 15.19 Ensemble, NotaRiotous/The Boston Microtonal Society, guitarist Flavio Virzì, soprano Sarah Pelletier, pianist/composer John McDonald, and clarinetist and linguist/music theorist Ray Jackendoff. His music has been performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the 2015 National Conference of the Society of Composers, Inc.
Laurello studied composition at Yale, where he received the Woods Chandler Memorial Prize. He holds an M.A. in composition from Tufts University, and a B.Mus. in music synthesis from Berklee College of Music. His primary composition teachers have included David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, and John McDonald. Professional honors include First Prize in the ShoutHouse Call for Scores (2015), selection for the Society for Composers, Inc. 50th Anniversary National Conference (2015), participation in the 2015 Nashville Symphony Composer Lab and Workshop, participation in the 2015 EarShot Berkeley Symphony Readings, a Baumgardner Fellowship and commission from the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival's Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop (2015), a commission from the American Composers Forum (2014), and an Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation (2012). He has attended the highSCORE (Pavia, Italy) and Etchings (Auvillar, France) composition festivals, and was a composition fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival.
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