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Anna Weesner

Philadelphia, PA   

Anna Weesner is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2008 ‘Academy Award’ from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a 2003 Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Her music has been described as “animated and full of surprising turns” (New York Times, Oct. 10, 2003), as “a haunting conspiracy” (Philadelphia Inquirer, April 24, 2001) and cited as demonstrating “an ability to make complex textures out of simple devices” (San Francisco Classical Voice, March 27, 2001). John Harbison has written that “none of it proceeds in obvious ways. Her vocabulary is subtle and rather elusive; the effect is paradoxically confident and decisive.” She has been in residence at the MacDowell Colony, the Wellesley Composers Conference, the Seal Bay Festival, the Virginia Center and at Fondation Royaumont in France. Her music has been recorded on CRI and Albany Records. Performances of her work include those by the American Composers Orchestra, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Metamorphosen, Dawn Upshaw, Richard Goode, Gilbert Kalish, Judith Kellock, Mary Nessinger, Jeanne Golan, Scott Kluksdahl, Adrienne Kim, the Cassatt Quartet, the Cypress Quartet, Network for New Music, Ensemble X, Counter)induction, Orchestra 2001, the Daedalus Quartet, Eighth Blackbird and the New York Virtuoso Singers. She has been commissioned by Cygnus Ensemble, Open End, violist Melia Watras, Network for New Music, the MATA festival, the Cypress Quartet, Dawn Upshaw, Sequitur and Orchestra 2001, among others. Anna Weesner currently lives in Philadelphia, where she is the Dr. Robert Weiss Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania.

A Short Excerpt from What gathers, what lingers for violin and piano

Miranda Cuckson, violin
Steve Beck, piano
To listen to a complete recording go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rY8yLWqToI

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Sudden, Unbidden

Duo for violin and cello
performed by Miranda Cuckson and Sophie Shao

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