Counterstream Radio
Inspect the unexpected
Media on Demand
Browse Music and Interviews

Aleksandra Vrebalov

New York City, NY         

ALEKSANDRA VREBALOV’s more than 70 works – ranging from concert music and opera to music for modern dance and film – have been performed by the Kronos Quartet, Serbian National Theater, Rambert Dance, Jorge Caballero, the Sausalito Quartet, ETHEL, Dusan Tynek Dance Company, Ijsbreker, Moravian Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, and Providence Festival Ballet, among others. Her works have been recorded for Nonesuch, Innova, Centaur Records, Vienna Modern Masters, and Ikarus Films.

Vrebalov’s string quartet …hold me, neighbor, in this storm… was commissioned by Carnegie Hall and released on Kronos’s album Floodplain. Her Pannonia Boundless, also for Kronos, was published by Boosey & Hawkes as part of “The Kronos Collection, Vol. I” and was recorded for the album Caravan. Vrebalov’s collaborative work with director Bill Morrison, Beyond Zero: 1914 – 1918, was commissioned and premiered by Kronos at Berkeley’s Cal Performances in April 2014, and received its European premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival, and Cosmic Love I, one of six one-minute works premiered in June 2015 at Terry Riley’s 80th birthday at Kronos Festival. Her piece for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning RepertoireMy Desert, My Rose was premiered in Carnegie Hall in April 2016.

Vrebalov’s cross-disciplinary interests led to participation at seminars, residencies and fellowships that include the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi, The Hermitage, New York’s New Dramatists, Rockefeller Bellagio Center, American Opera Projects, Other Minds Festival, Tanglewood, Moral and Mythology in Contemporary Art (Novi Sad), and MultiMedeja (Novi Sad). Between 2007 and 2011, Vrebalov created and led Summer in Sombor (Serbia), a composition workshop in partnership with the South Oxford Six composers’ collective that she co-founded in 2002 in NYC. The workshop resulted in multiple performances and eventually facilitated the creation of over fifty new works.

Vrebalov received The Harvard Fromm Commission, the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Barlow Endowment Commission, as well as awards from ASCAP, American Music Center, Meet the Composer, MAP Fund, Vienna Modern Masters, and Friends and Enemies of New Music. As the Douglas Moore Fellow, supported by the Columbia University’s Alice Ditson Fund, she spent a season in the Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Memphis and Florida Grand Opera, where she immersed herself in all aspects of opera production. In 2015 Vrebalov received the Golden Emblem from the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for contribution to Serbian culture. 

In 2015 Vrebalov completed a song cycle on Charles Simic’s poetry commissioned by ASCAP/Kingsford Fund and a sound installation WaterLines with architect Ronit Eisenbach, converting an old bank building into a music box in Chestertown, Maryland. In 2016, her work with choreographer Patricia Okenwa, Hydrargyrum, was performed at Sadler’s Wells at the 90th anniversary of Rambert Dance in London, UK.   Vrebalov’s collaboration with composer John King, a symphonic piece 10, 000 Things, was commissioned by Belgrade Philharmonic in 2016.  The Sea Ranch Songs written for Kronos Quartet were released on Cantaloupe in 2016.

Vrebalov’s world premieres in 2017 include The Exiles, a piece to accompany the historic choreography by Jose Limon from 1950, Cosmic Love III for an ensemble of ancient Chinese instruments performed by the Forbidden City Orchestra in Beijing, and a chamber work featuring James Schlefer Nyoraku on shakuhachi premiered at the Tenri Institute in NYC.

For more info, please see: www.aleksandravrebalov.com and  https://soundcloud.com/aleksandravrebalov.

 Bio edited 11/21, 2017