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Luna Pearl Woolf

Called “blazingly ardent and softly haunting “ by the New York Times, the music of composer/producer Luna Pearl Woolf offers penetrating insight into its subjects, creating acoustic sound worlds that evoke and inspire.

Recent projects include a 30-minute work of theatrical chamber music commissioned by percussionist Krystina Marcoux for a Banff Center workshop and Montreal premiere. Opera director Brian Staufenbiel collaborates on this dramatic, wordless opera about the surprising revelations of love. Suspense, music for the 1913 ground-breaking short silent film by Lois Weber, scored for 8 cellos and 4 percussionists, premiered by Uccello and the McGill Percussion Ensemble on April 3, 2013 in Montreal. Soprano Lisa Delan has commissioned two works for soprano, cello and piano, the most recent, Rumi: Quatrains of Love, released on PentaTone Classics.

Woolf’s Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 was her Après Moi, le Déluge, for solo cello and a cappella choir (2005) performed by Matt Haimovitz and the Trinity Wall Street Choir, Julian Wachner conducting. As “the first major work of classical music to commemorate the flooding of New Orleans” (Arts Journal), Strings Magazine has called the work, “sorrowful, deeply political, and aching with universal regret.”

Woolf graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University, having also studied at Oberlin Conservatory, and earned her MA from Smith College. Her principal composition teachers have included Mario Davidovsky, Augusta Read Thomas, and Lewis Spratlan.