Aleksandra Vrebalov

(Novi Sad, 22nd September, 1970) is a composer based in New York City. She studied with Miroslav Štatkić at the Novi Sad University, then with Zoran Erić at Belgrade University, Elinor Armer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Ivana Loudova at the Prague Academy of Music. She obtained her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan where she studied with Evan Chambers and Michael Daugherty. She has had performances of her works in more than forty-four countries. A highly regarded musician, she has had residences at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre, Tanglewood, New York’s New Dramatists, MacDowell Colony, and American Opera Projects, has received Awards or Fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Fellowship, Meet the Composer, Highsmith Composition Competition, Vienna Modern Masters, Serbian Fund for an Open Society, ASCAP and the Douglas Moore Fellowship. Her string quartet was recorded by the Kronos Quartet on their album Kronos Caravan (1999). In her orchestral work Orbits (2002), Vrebalov uses overlapping densities of sonorities and rhythmic proportions such as the Fibonacci series to portray her idiosyncratic post-modern conception of Musica universalis. Her ballet score, The Widow's Broom (2004) based on Chris Van Allsburg’s book was performed on Halloween by the Festival Ballet Providence. Her most recent works include Eastern Chapel Meditations, for violin, piano and pre-recorded sounds (2010), Harding Suite, for cello solo (2009), The Spell IV, for string quartet, Tibetan bowl, chimes and pre-recorded sounds, Written, for David Harrington and Kronos Quartet, The Spell, for piano and vibraphone, Commissioned by University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music (2009), The Spell III, for violin and live electronics, for Ana Milosavljević (2008).