Arlene Sierra

Arlene Sierra, composer (New York, NY), is acclaimed for vivid, darkly energetic works that take their impetus from rich sources including military strategy, Darwinian evolution, and game theory. Her work has been performed by the New York Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the London Sinfonietta, New York City Opera VOX, ICE, Psappha, Lontano, Collage New Music, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Schubert Ensemble, the Peabody Trio, and the Fidelio Trio. Recent and upcoming premieres include Art of War, a piano concerto for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Insects in Amber, a Cheltenham Festival commission for the Carducci Quartet, and Moler for the Seattle Symphony. Arlene has received the Takemitsu Prize, a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Paul Jacobs Award at Tanglewood. She has been a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, Aldeburgh Britten-Pears, and the MacDowell Colony. In 2011 she was the Classical Recording Foundation’s Composer of the Year. Born in Miami to a family of New Yorkers, Arlene is a graduate of Oberlin, Yale and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is Senior Lecturer and Programme Director in Composition at Cardiff University School of Music. Her music can be heard on Bridge Records.