Loren Loiacono

 The music of Loren Loiacono (b. 1989) has been described as “plush…elusive” (New York Times), “vivid and colorful” (Albany Times Union), “dreamy, lilting” (Pioneer Press), and “quirky and fun” (Bad Entertainment- Twin Cities).  An emerging orchestral voice, she has received commissions and performances from such nationally esteemed ensembles as the Detroit Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and the American Composers Orchestra.  She is a frequent collaborator of the Albany Symphony, serving as Mellon Composer-Educator-in-Residence for the 2017-18 season.  In June 2018, the Albany Symphony premiered Loren’s Concerto for Piano, written for Vicky Chow.  In 2012, the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic premiered her Violin Concerto at St. Petersburg’s Shostakovich Philharmonic Hall, with Nicholas DiEugenio as soloist.  Ms. Loiacono is also a prolific writer of chamber and vocal music, with performances by ensembles and performers including clarinetist Anthony McGill, pianist Xak Bjerken, cellist Peter Stumpf, New Morse Code, Latitude 49, the New York Virtuosi Singers, Music from Copland House, Transit New Music Ensemble, and the JACK, FLUX, Friction, Argus and Altius String Quartets.  She has received awards from ASCAP’s Morton Gould Awards, New York Youth Symphony’s First Music Commissioning Program, the Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute, and many others.  In 2015, she was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where her “Stout With Another Man’s Song” was performed by the New Fromm Players.  In 2017, she received The ASCAP Foundation Fellowship for Composition at The Aspen Music Festival & School.  Loiacono is also a passionate advocate for contemporary concert music, co-founding the Kettle Corn New Music series in 2013, and serving as Director of Operations (2016-18) and Associate Director (2018-19) of the MATA Festival.  Since June 2019, she has served as Executive Director of MATA.  She holds degrees from Yale University (BA/MM) and Cornell University (DMA).

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