Paola Prestini

PAOLA PRESTINI is “the enterprising composer and impresario” (New York Times) whose interdisciplinary vision is helping to shape the future of new music. Named one of the “Top 100 Composers in the World under 40” (NPR), her music has been commissioned by and been performed at Carnegie Hall, by the Chicago Symphony (Music Now), the New York Philharmonic (Biennale), New York City Opera, and the Kronos Quartet. Her compositions have been performed worldwide, from the Kennedy Center, BAM, and the Park Avenue Armory, to London’s Barbican Centre. She has additionally worked with Brooklyn Rider, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, the Young People’s Chorus, American Contemporary Ensemble, vocalists Jessica Rivera, Hila Plitmann, Rinde Eckert and Helga Davis, librettists Donna Di Novelli, Mark Campbell and Royce Vavrek, and performers such as Maya Beiser, Tim Fain and Jeffrey Zeigler.

Prestini serves as “visionary-in-chief” (Time Out New York) of VisionIntoArt (VIA), the non-profit multimedia production company she co-founded as a student in 1999. Dedicated to fostering collaborative, interdisciplinary new music, and providing integral, comprehensive support from fundraising, commissioning, and incubation to performance and beyond, VIA is the sustaining force behind more than one hundred original productions to date. Prestini recently presided over the launch of VIA Records, hailed as “an essential new voice in the future of American classical music” (Q2 Music). She is also the Creative and Executive Director of National Sawdust, a nonprofit Brooklyn-based space for arts incubation, performance, and recording, where VIA is in residence.

Prestini’s honors include two ASCAP awards, fellowships from Paul & Daisy Soros and Carnegie Hall, and the Sundance Institute. She has been granted residencies at MASS MoCA, The Park Avenue Armory, The Watermill Center, Florida’s Hermitage Artist Retreat, Wyoming’s Ucross Foundation, and LMCC Governor’s Island. Passionate about education, she has taught at inner city schools in New York, with El Sistema in Venezuela, and at institutions and in the field in Italy, Africa, and Mexico

Paola Prestini’s music is released on VIA Records, Innova, and Tzadik Records; her writing is published in the Arcana series, by Hips Road and she is the editor of the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composer handbook. A graduate of the Juilliard School, she studied under Samuel Adler, Robert Beaser, and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.