Laurello, Michael

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Michael Laurello


Born: 1981

Country: America

Studies: Berklee College of Music, Tufts University, Yale

Teachers: David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, John McDonald


Michael Laurello (b. 1981) is an American composer, recording/mixing engineer, and pianist whose music reflects his fascination with temporal dissonance and emotional immediacy. His music has been presented at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, MATA, PASIC, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Carlsbad Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, N_SEME, National Conference of the Society of Composers, Inc., and others. He has collaborated with ensembles and soloists such as Sō Percussion, Nashville Symphony, arx duo, HOCKET, GVSU New Music Ensemble, Triplepoint Trio, icarus Quartet, Sandbox Percussion, and Yale Percussion Group. Recent commissions include a six movement work for percussion duo and string quartet (commissioned by arx duo), a solo piano piece for Brianna Matzke/The Response Project, an SATB choral work celebrating the birth of architect Theodate Pope Riddle, and a composition for the GVSU New Music Ensemble's 2018 Listening to Our National Parks project.

Laurello studied composition at Yale (A.D., 2015), where he received the Woods Chandler Memorial Prize. He holds an M.A. in music from Tufts University (2013) and a B.M. in music synthesis (electronic production and design) from Berklee College of Music (2004). His mentors include David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, and John McDonald. Recent honors include a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute (with Triplepoint Trio), a commission from the American Composers Forum, selection for the SCI 50th Anniversary National Conference, participation in the Nashville Symphony Composer Lab, participation in the EarShot Berkeley Symphony Readings, a Baumgardner Fellowship and Commission from the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival's Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop, and an Emerging Artist Award from Boston's St. Botolph Club Foundation. He has attended the highSCORE and Etchings composition festivals, and has been a composition fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival.

Laurello works as a freelance composer, and as Manager of Recording Services and Technical Engineer for the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University.

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Works for Percussion

An Overwhelming Capacity for Denial - Percussion Quartet
Big Things - Percussion Duo, 2 Pianos
Churches Made Out of Shipwrecks - Percussion Duo, 2 Pianos
Spine (Laurello) - Percussion Quartet