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Composer Veronika Krausas (Portrait Photo)
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Veronika Krausas (Portrait Photo)

Of Lithuanian heritage, composer Veronika Krausas was born in Australia, raised in Canada, and lives in Los Angeles. She has directed, composed for, and produced multi-media events that incorporate her works with dance, acrobatics and video. The Globe & Mail (Toronto) writes "her works, whose organic, lyrical sense of storytelling are supported by a rigid formal elegance, give her audiences a sense that nature's frozen objects are springing to life."

She was one of 6 composers involved in the acclaimed mobile opera Hopscotch. Alex Ross of the New Yorker called Hopscotch, "a remarkable experimental opera." Her first opera, The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth, based on Shakespeare's Macbeth, was premiered at the New York City Opera's VOX 2008 festival. A full production was mounted in Los Angeles in August 2010 to sold-out audiences. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times said of her chamber opera, "Something novel this way comes."

Her newest opera Ghost Opera, a dramma giocoso with libretto by André Alexis and The Old Trout Puppet Company, will première with Calgary Opera at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in May 2019.

Commissions and performances include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Industry, New York City Opera, Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, Ensemble musikFabrik at the Darmstadt Music Festival, Chicago Architecture Biennial (2016), Piano Spheres for Gloria Cheng, The Vancouver Symphony, ERGO Projects, Esprit Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, Jacaranda Music, Motion Music, San Francisco Choral Artists, LiederAlive, and the Penderecki String Quartet.

Language of the Birds, a commission for the 25th Anniversary of the San Francisco Choral Artists with the Alexander String Quartet, using text by the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, premiered in May 2011 in San Francisco. It was released on CD by Foghorn Classics with Ferlinghetti reciting his poetry. Her chamber orchestra work analemma was an official selection of the US for the 2012 World Music Days in Belgium and will have a Lithuanian premiere in Vilnius in 2015 with Vykintas Baltakis conducting. She was the featured composer at the 2013 Céret Music Festival. In 2008 Krausas organized a concert and CD release for The Player Piano Project, a collection of works for player piano by 22 composers from 6 countries.

Sillages for four double basses premiered on the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Chamber Series in 2014 and on the Jacaranda concert series in March 2015. In 2016 the LA Phil commissioned Porcupine for 5 double basses inside a tent created by artist Ana Prvacki that premiered during the LA Phil's Noon to Midnight New Music Festival in 2016. Stephen Vanhauwert commissioned and premiered her new piano études at RedCat in June as part of the Piano Spheres series and Gloria Cheng commissioned a piece for harpsichord for her Piano Spheres concert. This work is now published by Bellmann Musik (Germany). Her solo piano pieces UN-intermezzi have been released by Grammy-nominated pianist Aron Kallay and were performed in Paris by Suzana Bartal and at the Palaces of the President of Malta by Tricia Dawn Williams.

Krausas has music composition degrees from the University of Toronto, McGill University in Montreal, and a doctorate from the Thornton School of Music at USC in Los Angeles, where she is a faculty member in the Composition Department. She is a pre-concert lecturer and interviewer at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and serves on the advisory boards of Jacaranda Music and People Inside Electronics.

Long Bio — 560 words (Dec 2018)
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Of Lithuanian heritage, composer Veronika Krausas was born in Australia, raised in Canada, and lives in Los Angeles. She has directed, composed for, and produced multi-media events that incorporate her works with dance, acrobatics and video. Krausas has music composition degrees from the University of Toronto, McGill University in Montreal, and a doctorate from the Thornton School of Music at USC in Los Angeles, where she is a faculty member in the Composition Department. She is a pre-concert lecturer and interviewer at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and serves on the advisory boards of Jacaranda Music and People Inside Electronics.

Press

"Her works, whose organic, lyrical sense of storytelling are supported by a rigid formal elegance, give her audiences a sense that nature's frozen objects are springing to life."

Doug Saunders, Globe & Mail, Toronto

"In Krausas' music, time also can sometimes stand still, leaving us with a musical sculpture to examine for a moment."

D'arcy Gray, percussionist

"The music is complex, waves of rhythm breaking against the listener...punctuated with pauses, with silence and the random noises of the hall, like intakes of breath."

Ray Cronin, Border Crossings #75, Toronto

Videos

Veronika Krausas:USC Thornton Alumni Video Series
Canadian Music Centre:Composer Portrait
New Fangled Opera:Veronika Krausas on The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth
Interview with Veronika Krausasa Lithuanian Composer at HopScotch Opera - www.iamlietuva.com
Sound-Art 1:USC Thornton &USC Roski Collaboration
Sound-Art 2:USC Thornton & USC Roski Collaboration
Sound Art 3:USC Thornton & USC Roski Collaboration

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KUSC:Interviews with Four Female Composers