Keiser Classical Welcomes Composer Laura Schwendinger

Keiser Southern Music is pleased to welcome Laura Schwendinger to its growing catalog of accomplished contemporary composers, which also includes the work of Stephen Hartke, William Bolcom, Peng-Peng Gong, George Walker, Kenneth Fuchs, Roger Sessions and many others. She is first composer to win the American Academy in Berlin Prize, and is Professor of Composition at UW Madison. In this issue, we present some a few highlights from her considerable catalog spanning over 30 years.

Schwendinger’s music has been performed by world-class musicians including the Berlin Philharmonic, New Juilliard Ensemble, Dawn Upshaw, Eighth Blackbird, Boston Musica Viva, and the Jack Quartet. She has been LAO Composer in Residency with the Richmond Symphony, with additional honors including those from the Guggenheim, Koussevitzky (2), and Fromm Foundations; and two American Academy of Arts and Letters awards.

Her work has been described as “evince(ing) an acute sonic imagination and sure command of craft.” (Chicago Tribune), and “darkly attractive, artful and moving” (New York Times).


Van Gogh Nocturnes for Piano Order Here

Duration (minutes): 12

This set of Nocturnes is inspired by three of Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpieces:

1. Starry Night Over the Rhone;

2. Night Cafe at Arles;

3. Starry Night. Van Gogh

Noctures was premiered by Christopher Taylor at the University of Wisconsin Madison.


Animal Rhapsody (2016) 9″ – Orchestra
Bellagio Suite (2000) 12″ – String Orchestra
Betes de la Mer (Oceania) (2005) 9″ – Chamber Orchestra
Chiaro di Luna (1998) 4″ – String Orchestra
Chiaroscuro Azzurro (2008) 32″ – Violin and Orchestra
Esprimere (2007) 31″ – Cello Solo and Orchestra
Shadings (2011) 16″ -Orchestra
Sinfonietta (2013) 14″ – Chamber Orchestra
Waking Dream (2009) 11″ – Flute and Chamber Orchestra



Mar 24: High Wire Act – dèdalo ensemble, Brescia, Italy

Feb 24: Sinfonietta – UW Iowa

Feb 10: All the Pretty Little Horses – Ensemble 4 These Times, San Francisco

Jan 26: High Wire Act – Collage New Music

Jan 25: Love Sonnets – Chair Collaborative Ensemble


Dec 2: Aurora for Flute and Orchestra – Minnesota Orchestra, Adam Kuenzel, soloist

Nov 18: Van Gogh Nocturnes – Amy I-Lin Cheng, piano faculty recital

Sep 23: For Paris – University of Indianapolis, Michael Strauss, viola

May 17: Violinists in My Life – Chicago Composer’s Consortium, Eleanor Bartsch and Larry Axelrod

May 6: Three Movements for Solo Viola – Kurt Rohdes

Apr 3: Until the Sunrise – Chicago Composer’s Consortium

Mar 23: C’e la Luna Questa Sera? – University of Washington piano chamber competition

Mar 10: Footfalls – Cygnus Ensemble

Mar 1: Love Sonnets – The Cortona Duo UW Madison

Feb 27: Rapture – Brandeis University; Joshua Gordon, Rand Hodgkinson

Feb 4: Footfalls – Cygnus Ensemble at Sarah Lawrence

Jan 30: Over the Misty Mountains for solo oboe – US Premiere UW Madison; Aaron Hill, Soloist

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