Michael Laurello (b. 1981) is an American composer, recording/mixing engineer, and multi-instrumentalist whose music reflects his fascination with temporal dissonance, visceral power, and emotional immediacy. His music has been presented at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, PASIC, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Carlsbad Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, N_SEME, National Conference of the Society of Composers, Inc., and has been featured on I CARE IF YOU LISTEN. He has collaborated with ensembles and soloists such as Sō Percussion, Nashville Symphony, HOCKET, Triplepoint Trio, icarus Quartet, Cisum Percussion, Sandbox Percussion, Yale Percussion Group, The Brass Project, 15.19 Ensemble, NotaRiotous (The Boston Microtonal Society), and bassist Sam Suggs. Upcoming commissions include a large-scale piano sonata for Brianna Matzke/The Response Project, an SATB choral work celebrating the birth of architect Theodate Pope Riddle, and a multi-movement solo percussion/electronics work for Jeff Stern. In 2016, his music was performed by the New York-based musicians' collective, ShoutHouse, as the winner of their call for scores, and he released his debut EP, Rose. His piano four-hands piece, Touch (2016), received its New York premiere by HOCKET at the 2017 MATA Festival.
Laurello studied composition at Yale (A.D., 2015), where he received the Woods Chandler Memorial Prize. He holds an M.A. in composition from Tufts University (2013) and a B.M. in music synthesis (electronic production and design) from Berklee College of Music (2004). His mentors include David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, and John McDonald. Recent honors include a commission from the American Composers Forum, selection for the SCI 50th Anniversary National Conference, participation in the Nashville Symphony Composer Lab and Workshop, participation in the EarShot Berkeley Symphony Readings, a Baumgardner Fellowship and Commission from the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival's Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop, and an Emerging Artist Award from Boston's St. Botolph Club Foundation. He has attended the highSCORE and Etchings composition festivals, and has been a composition fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival. During the summer of 2016 he was in residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute with Triplepoint Trio.
Laurello works as a freelance composer and as Manager of Recording Services and Technical Engineer for the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University.