As an established composer on the contemporary music scene, Missy Mazzoli inhabits an exquisite and mysterious sound-world that melds indie-rock sensibilities with formal training from Louis Andriessen, David Lang, Aaron Jay Kernis, Richard Ayres, and others. Mazzoli’s music has been performed all over the world by the BBC Symphony, Kronos Quartet, JACK Quartet, eighth blackbird, LA Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, and Opera Philadelphia, among others. Her music has been featured at numerous festivals including the BBC Proms, Bang on a Can Marathon and Ecstatic Music Festival, the Cabrillo Festival (Santa Cruz), and the Gaudeamus Festival (Amsterdam). Her opera with librettist Royce Vavrek, Breaking the Waves, commissioned by Opera Philadelphia with Beth Morrison Productions was awarded the inaugural Award for Best New Opera by the Music Critics Association of North America and hailed as “among the best twenty-first-century American operas yet produced” by Opera News. Mazzoli is currently on the composition faculty of the Mannes College of Music, a division of the New School, and a co-founder of Luna Composition Lab. An active pianist, Mazzoli performs with Victoire, an “all-star, all-female quintet” (Time Out New York) she founded, which is dedicated exclusively to her own compositions.