Zosha Di Castri


Interdisciplinary Collaborations Through Music and Composition

I will focus on writing interdisciplinary and collaborative music compositions while at the Institute. In the Fall, I will develop an orchestral score for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra to accompany the silent film Hunger by Peter Foldès, one of the first films to use computer animation. Over the year, I will also cultivate a close collaboration with the prominent French group, Ensemble Cairn, exploring and encouraging intercultural exchanges through a series of exploratory workshops, culminating in a public chamber music performance at Reid Hall.

Zosha Di Castri is a Canadian composer/pianist/sound artist living in New York. Her work (which has been performed in Canada, the US, South America, Asia, and Europe) extends beyond purely concert music including projects with electronics, installations, and collaborations with video and dance. She has worked with such ensembles as the San Francisco Symphony, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the L.A. Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, ICE, Wet Ink, Ekmeles, the NEM, and Talea Ensemble among others. Upcoming projects include an ongoing collaboration with solo percussionist Diego Espinosa Cruz Gonzalez, a new work for the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and film conducted by Kent Nagano, the release of a debut album of her music, a chamber work with electronics for Ensemble Cairn, and a Koussevitzky commission from the Library of Congress for percussionist Steven Schick and ICE. Zosha is currently the Francis Goelet Assistant Professor of Music at Columbia University.

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