Marcos Balter
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Composer Portraits

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Composer Portraits: Marcos Balter

“I love coming across things that I don’t understand, because that gives me an opportunity to...

Composer Portraits

Marcos Balter

International Contemporary Ensemble

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

“I am lucky to always know who will be premiering my works while I am writing them,” says Marcos Balter. It seems only fitting that this Portrait features the International Contemporary Ensemble, for whom Balter has written numerous works spanning more than a decade. Wickedly humorous, colorful, and unapologetically sensual, Balter’s music has earned him a passionate following. These elements are showcased in a program that includes Descent from Parnassus and Codex Seraphinianus, two works written for ICE.


  • Marcos Balter composer
  • David Bowlin violin
  • Claire Chase flute
  • International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
  • David Fulmer conductor


  • Violin Concerto  (2016)
  • Landscape of Fear (2015)
  • Codex Seraphinianus (2014) New York premiere
  • Descent from Parnassus (2012) New York premiere
  • Raw Item (2005)

Additional Information

Major support for Composer Portraits is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo by Matt Zugale for Miller Theatre.