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  1. Big Things

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  2. Promises, for orchestra

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  3. Tell hope everything you hear, for acoustic guitar

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  4. Dear Master / I am ill, for soprano and piano

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  5. Response: Valse de Chopin, for Pierrot ensemble

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  6. Resolution, for piano trio

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  7. Vessel, for percussion and laptop (live premiere)

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Michael Laurello is an American composer and pianist. He has written for ensembles and soloists such as Sō Percussion (Brooklyn, NY), the Yale Philharmonia, Sandbox Percussion (Brooklyn, NY), the Yale Percussion Group, [sound icon] (Boston, MA), the 15.19 ensemble (Pavia, Italy), NotaRiotous/The Boston Microtonal Society, guitarist Flavio Virzì, soprano Sarah Pelletier, pianist/composer John McDonald, and clarinetist and linguist/music theorist Ray Jackendoff. Upcoming collaborations include a new piece for two pianists and two percussionists, and a large multi-movement work for the Triplepoint Trio (Brooklyn/New Haven).

Laurello studied composition at Yale, where he received the Jacob Druckman Scholarship and the Rena Greenwald Memorial Scholarship for 2014-15. His primary composition teachers were Martin BresnickDavid Lang, and Christopher Theofanidis. He holds an M.A. in composition from Tufts University, where he studied under John McDonald, and a B.M. in music synthesis (electronic production and design) from Berklee College of Music. Recent honors include the Woods Chandler Memorial Prize, participation in the 2015 Nashville Symphony Composer Lab and Workshop, participation in the 2015 EarShot Berkeley Symphony Readings, a Baumgardner Fellowship and commission from the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival's Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop, a commission from the American Composers Forum, and an Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation (Boston, MA). He has attended composition festivals at highSCORE (Pavia, Italy) and Etchings (Auvillar, France), and was a 2015 composition fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival.