Aleksandra Vrebalov


ALEKSANDRA VREBALOV has written more than 70 works ranging from concert music, to opera, dance (Rambert Dance UK, Dusan Tynek Dance Theater, Take Dance, Scottish National Ballet, Augsburg Theater), to sound installations in collaboration with architect Ronit Eisenbach.  Her most recent works have been commissioned by Carnegie Hall for Kronos Quartet, Belgrade Philharmonic, and Limon Dance.  Vrebalov, a fellow of MacDowell Colony, Rockefeller Bellagio Center, Djerassi, The Hermitage, and Tanglewood, is the recipient of The Harvard Fromm Commission, The American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Fellowship, and two Golden Badges from her homeland: one for Vrebalov's opera Mileva and its contribution to Serbian opera, and the other for a lifelong contribution to Serbian culture.  Vrebalov's works have been recorded for Nonesuch, Cantaloupe, New Amsterdam, Innova, Centaur Records, Orange Mountain Music, and VMM.  Her two works for Kronos Quartet Beyond Zero: 1914 – 1918 and The Sea Ranch Songs are available as DVDs with films by Bill Morrison and Andrew Lyndon.  Vrebalov's recent work includes two pieces inspired by Asian music - involving shakuhachi and ancient Chinese instruments.  Works were commissioned and premiered by New York's shakuhachi Master James Nyoraku Schlefer and The Forbidden City Orchestra in Beijing, respectively.  Vrebalov begins this season in Mardin, Turkey, making music with disadvantages and displaced children of Kurdish, Arabic and Turkish background.  She's currently working on Abraham In Flames, a chamber opera to be premiered in San Francisco in May 2019, produced by Niloufar Talebi, and a new work for virtual reality and orchestra centered on Women’s Suffrage for the Raleigh Civic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Askim, to be premiered in April 2019. Vrebalov lives in New York City.