||Congratulations to the Parker Quartet for winning
a 2011 Grammy Award for their Ligeti recording!
I composed for the Parker Quartet for a Harvard
University premiere in 2007. Kudos to a
wonderful ensemble! - Laura
Laura Piperno Koplewitz
Composer's Brief Bio.
Laura Piperno Koplewitz was born in Spokane, Washington and has lived in New York City and
Vermont. Her family is of Romanian / Polish and Italian heritage, with three generations in the United
States. She studied composition privately with Joan Tower and Stefania de Kenessey, and with Thea
Musgrave and David del Tredici at the C.U.N.Y/ Graduate Center on a fellowship in the Ph.D. program in
music composition. In 2006 she was selected as one of four fellows for master classes with composer
Yehudi Wyner (Pulitzer Prize winner, 2006) at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Mentors include
composer Alex Shapiro , composer, vocalist, and jazz violinist Theresa Jenoure, and classical guitar
soloist Sharon Isbin.
Laura Koplewitz has been commissioned by Jaime Laredo (Vermont Symphony Orchestra); the Vermont
Contemporary Music Ensemble; and has written works including a violin concerto for Joanna Kurkowicz
concertmaster of the Boston Philharmonic, among other composing projects.
The composer has frequently been an artist-in-residence at the Virginia Center for the Arts. She has
been awarded a "Creation Grant" from the Vermont State Arts Council for orchestral writing, and has
written a string quintet written for Joanna Kurkowicz and the Parker String Quartet, which premiered at
The composer enjoys collaborative arts projects. She has worked with visual artist Grimanesa Amoros on
art installations in New York City and Lima, Peru. With poet Shana Deets the composer collaborated on
sound-text installations presented at Carnegie-Mellon University.
Recent concerts have included the premiere of a cello and piano work "On The Jetty" in Philadelphia,
Nov. 15th, 2009, at the Settlement Music School in Philadephia, PA, sponsored by Wm. Moennig & Son
Fine Stringed Instruments, 100th Anniversary and featuring cellist Arthur Cook and Deborah Gilwood in
"An Intimate Evening of Music for the Cello and Piano." and thee premiere of a new work for harp and
flute with harpist Jasmin Cowin and flutist Theresa Thompson, New York City, March, 2010.
Upcoming projects include the composition of a piano concerto for Russian-Italian piano virtuoso
Tatiana Pavlova and in 2011 the premeire of a new chamber work commissioned by NYC-based
Lunatics at Large Ensemble, an 18-minute piece, "The Wondering Wayside," (see performance dates).
To contact the composer for commissions, collaborations, music licensing, concert series patronage, or
to say hello- please email:
Laura Koplewitz, BMI.
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