Laura Harrison

Composer, 2017
Laura Harrison is a composer whose music explores unique timbres and extended techniques within the context of traditional performance practices. Her works are characterized by their rhythmic drive, lyrical melodies, and emotional intensity.

Recent engagements include the world premiere of her piano concerto Corners of the Sky as part of the New Concerto Project; a commission for guitar trio from Cincinnati Soundbox; and a piano solo for pianist Kristofer Rucinski’s Scriabin Response Project. Upcoming projects include a clarinet and flute duo, a  a clarinet solo for Andrea Vos-Rochefort, a solo for pianist Brianna Matzke, and a work for new music ensemble All of the Above.

She has received recognition as a two-time recipient of the Schuster Scholarship for outstanding music student, as the winner of the Wheaton College Alumni Composition Competition and the Josephine Halversen Memorial Composition Prize, and as a finalist in the BMI Student Composer Awards (2014) and the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Competition (2014 and 2015). Laura has presented her music in masterclasses with Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, and Caroline Shaw, and has had music read by prominent performers including Ashley Bathgate, Lindsey Goodman, the LP Duo, and Dieter Hennings. Her music has been featured at the Midwest Composers Symposium and the 2017 Fresh Inc Festival.

Laura holds a DMA (2017) and MM in Composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she taught composition and orchestration, and a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Piano Performance from Wheaton College. Her teachers have included Michael Fiday, Douglas Knehans, Howard Whitaker, and David Gordon.

Combining her own compositional work with a desire to support the new music of our time, Laura serves as the Events Coordinator for Cincinnati Soundbox and is an active performer as the pianist for the Cincinnati-based new music ensemble HK-4.

For more information on Laura, check out her website.

Laura Harrison – Chimera
for 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, piano, trumpet, tuba