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Ingrid Stölzel

Lawrence, KS      

Ingrid Stölzel (b.1971) has been hailed “as a composer of considerable gifts” who is “musically confident and bold” by National Public Radio’s classical music critic. Her music has been described as “tender and beautiful” (American Record Guide) and as creating a haunting feeling of lyrical reflection and suspension in time and memory” (Classical-Modern Review). At the heart of her compositions is a belief that music can create profound emotional connections with the listener.

Stölzel’s compositions are performed in concert halls and festivals worldwide, including Thailand International Composition Festival, Festival Osmose (Belgium), Vox Feminae Festival (Israel), Festival of New Music at Florida State (USA), Beijing Modern Music Festival (China), Festival of New American Music (USA), SoundOn Festival of Modern Music (USA), and IC[CM] International Conference on Contemporary Music (Spain), among others. She has received commissions and performances from leading ensembles and performers, including the California E.A.R. Unit, Third Angle, Adaskin String Trio, ensemble s21, San Diego New Music, Volti, Khorikos, and Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist, Stanislav Ioudenitch. Her music is released on Navona Records.

She is a winner of the Red Note Composition Competition, the Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers, Ortus International New Music Competition, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra Composers Competition, Arizona Pro Arte Competition, NewMusic@ECU Composition Competition, Cheryl A. Spector Composition Prize and PatsyLu Composition Prize. 

Stölzel earned her doctorate degree in composition from the University of Missouri, Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City, where she studied with James Mobberley, Chen Yi and Zhou Long. She holds a Master of Music in Composition from the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT where her primary composition teachers were Robert Carl and James Sellars. She is Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Kansas and prior to that served as Director of the International Center for Music at Park University. Stölzel is a native of Germany and has resided in the United States since 1991. For more information please visit: www.ingridstolzel.com

Soul Journey – Three Whitman Songs (2015)

“Soul Journey – Three Whitman Songs,” for Mezzo Soprano and Piano, brings together three poems from “Leaves of Grass” to form a song cycle. These poems create a beautiful journey, a journey of the soul from awakening to awareness to transcendence. “Soul Journey” was commissioned by the Abiquiu Chamber Music Festival and premiered July 2016 by Phyllis Pancella and Shields-Collins Bray.

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In the Midst (2013) for Solo Piano

“In the Midst” for Solo Piano was commissioned by Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist, Stanislav Ioudenitch in Memory of Van Cliburn and premiered at the Van Cliburn Tribute Concert, April 2014. I was creating my own soundworld by filtering musical fragments of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 through my own compositional voice and reimagining the music as a tribute to all the great performances that leave behind an emotional imprint on the listener.

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“Into Being” for SATB chorus

The Sanskrit Mantra “So ham ham sa” has been called the universal breath mantra. Its vibration resembles the sound of the breath during inhalation (so ham) and exhalation (ham sa). I was drawn to this mantra because it is the breath that connects us all and brings everything into being. Breath is our first act of life as we enter this world, and our last as we depart it. In between, we take on average a staggering 17,000 breaths a day, mostly unaware of our breathing, while a barely audible mantra continuously flows through our bodies.

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