Reena Esmail

reena esmailReena Esmail, Co-Artistic Director

Indian-American composer Reena Esmail “creates richly melodic lines that imbue her music with the heights of lyricism balanced by winning textual clarity” (American Academy of Arts and Letters citation). Esmail holds a BM, Composition from The Juilliard School, and a MM from¬†the Yale School of Music. Her primary teachers have included Susan Botti, Aaron Jay Kernis, Christopher Theofanidis and Martin Bresnick. Esmail’s music has received numerous awards, including the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (and subsequent publication of a work by C.F. Peters) and two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. She is currently a post-residential doctoral candidate at the Yale School of Music.

Esmail was a recipient of a¬†Fulbright-Nehru grant for the 2011-2012, and studied Hindustani vocal music in Delhi. She was a 2011 INK Fellow, and has given talks about her work in many cities throughout India. Esmail’s most recent vocal studies have been with Srimati Lakshmi Shankar and Saili Kalyanpur in Los Angeles, CA.

Esmail’s compositions have been commissioned by the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Copland House, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Master Chorale and Albany Symphony, among others. Her music has been performed throughout America, India and abroad.

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