Introduction

Praised by the New York Times for his “polished orchestration” that “glitters, from big-shoulders brass to eerily floating strings,” Michael Ippolito’s music has been performed by leading musicians in venues around the world. Drawing on a rich musical background of classical and folk music, and taking inspiration from visual art, literature and other art forms, Ippolito has forged a distinctive musical voice in a body of work spanning orchestral, chamber and vocal music.

Biography

Michael Ippolito's orchestral music has been conducted by Edo de Waart, Marin Alsop, David Alan Miller and Jeffrey Milarsky in performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Juilliard Orchestra. His chamber music has been performed by the Attacca Quartet, the Altius Quartet, Dinosaur Annex, and janus, among others, and his vocal music has been championed by sopranos Joèlle Harvey and Lindsay Kesselman, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Findlen and bass-baritone Davone Tines.

He has received commissions from numerous organizations, including Chamber Music America, the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble, ensemble 20/21 in Cologne, and the New York Choreographic Institute. Recent projects include a new work for c/o chamber orchestra in Berlin and a consortium commission for a major new work for large wind ensemble.

He has received numerous awards, from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Charles Ives Scholarship), The Juilliard School (Palmer Dixon Prize) and ASCAP (multiple ASCAP Plus Awards). Recently, his wind ensemble work West of the Sun was given an honorable mention in the 2014 Frederick Fennell Prize and his String Quartet No. 3 “Songlines” was selected as the runner up in the Apollo Chamber Players Commissioning Competition.

He was a composer fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and the Cultivate program at the Copland House in 2012. From 2004-2011, he was a participating composer and performer in MusicX, an innovative festival of new music in Cincinnati and Switzerland, where he worked as General Manager from 2008-2011. He has also participated in the "Upbeat Hvar" International Summer School in Croatia, Yiddish Summer Weimar in Germany and the Oregon Bach Festival's Composers Symposium.

Ippolito is currently Associate Professor of Composition at Texas State University. He studied with John Corigliano at The Juilliard School and with Joel Hoffman and Michael Fiday at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Describe your music

The Privilege of Witnessing the Last Breath, for mezzo-soprano, cello and piano (2020) – 5’ 

Berceuse, for piano (2020) – 4’

Canzona, for saxophone ensemble (2020) – 6’

Mythos, for harp (2020) – 15’ 

Folk Songs, for piano (2020) – 17’ 

Suite, for cello (2020) – 12’ 

A Handful of Dust, for chorus and strings (2019) – 24’ 

A Thousand Tongues, for tenor and piano (2019) – 15’ 

Cuckoo Variations, for wind ensemble (2019) – 7’ 

Capriccio, for flute, clarinet, violin and cello (2019) – 24’ 

Strange Loops, for violin and cello (2018) – 18’

Vanitas, for soprano and piano (2018) – 16’ 

Triptych, for orchestra (2017) – 26’

Machine Become Music, for wind ensemble (2017) – 25’

Divertimento, for chamber orchestra (2017) – 20’

Smoke Rings, for string orchestra (2016) – 7’

Rain Song, for choir and viola (2016) – 5’

String Quartet No. 4 (2016) – 15’

Ænigmata, canons for high voices (2015) – 10’

Wayward Images, for wind ensemble (2015) – 12’

Smoke Rings, for string quartet (2015) – 7’

The Distance of the Moon, for piano (2015)  - 7’

Piano Trio (2011-15) – 35’

Lights Out!, for viola and piano (2014) – 18’

Peacock Presumes to Die!, for solo voice (2014) – 10’

A Feast of Fools, for fifteen players (2014) – 18’

This Circle, for string trio (2013) – 5’

Walt Whitman’s Notebook, for soprano and piano (2013) – 12’

Big Sky, Low Horizon, for string quartet (2013) – 7’

Six Sassoon Songs, for bass-baritone and piano (2013) – 20’

4 Pieces, for two pianos (2013) – 12’

3 Mushroom Haiku, for double sax quartet, voices and percussion (2012) – 12’

7 Masks, for mixed septet (2012) – 7’

String Quartet No. 3: Songlines (2012) – 10’

Intermezzo, for cello and piano (2012) – 5’

Dancing on Death’s Chair, for five bassoons (2012) – 12’

3 Mushroom Haiku, for double-reed octet, voices and percussion (2012) – 12’

West of the Sun, for wind ensemble (2012) – 10’

Ballade, for piano (2011) – 10’

Nocturne, for orchestra (2011) – 10’

Smoke Rings, for four cellos (2011) – 7’

Ballade, for flute, viola, harp and accordion (2010) – 10’

Nocturne, for flute, violin and piano  (2010) – 10’

Little Organ Book, for organ (2010) – 16’

String Quartet No. 2 (2010) – 25’

Trace, for string quartet (2009) – 5’

Vivaldi’s Bicycle, for cello and baroque orchestra (2009) – 12’

Trio Variations, for clarinet, violin and cello (2009) – 9’

Against the Sky, for orchestra (2009) – 9’

Sonata for Violin and Piano with synthesizer (2008) – 17’

Liszt It Is, for piano (2008) – 8’

Moonsongs, for soprano and piano (2008) – 14'

pianoduo, for piano four hands (2007) – 8’

Have a Nice Day, for mixed chamber ensemble (2007) – 10’

violinduo, for two violins (2007) – 6’

Piano Quintet (2007) – 20’

Double Passacaglia, for violin, cello and piano (2006) – 10’

Songbook of the War, for voices and ensemble (2006/2012) – 40’

String Quartet No. 1 (2004) – 20’

Partita, for solo violin (2004) – 17’

Blackbird Variations, for piano (2004) – 14’

Praised by the New York Times for his “polished orchestration” that “glitters, from big-shoulders brass to eerily floating strings,” Michael Ippolito’s music has been performed by leading musicians in venues around the world. Drawing on a rich musical background of classical and folk music, and taking inspiration from visual art, literature and other art forms, Ippolito has forged a distinctive musical voice in a body of work spanning orchestral, chamber and vocal music.

Biography

Michael Ippolito’s orchestral music has been conducted by Edo de Waart, Marin Alsop, David Alan Miller and Jeffrey Milarsky in performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Juilliard Orchestra. His chamber music has been performed by the Attacca Quartet, the Altius Quartet, Dinosaur Annex, and janus, among others, and his vocal music has been championed by sopranos Joèlle Harvey and Lindsay Kesselman, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Findlen and bass-baritone Davone Tines.

He has received commissions from numerous organizations, including Chamber Music America, the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble, ensemble 20/21 in Cologne, and the New York Choreographic Institute. Recent projects include a new work for c/o chamber orchestra in Berlin and a consortium commission for a major new work for large wind ensemble.

He has received numerous awards, from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Charles Ives Scholarship), The Juilliard School (Palmer Dixon Prize) and ASCAP (multiple ASCAP Plus Awards). Recently, his wind ensemble work West of the Sun was given an honorable mention in the 2014 Frederick Fennell Prize and his String Quartet No. 3 “Songlines” was selected as the runner up in the Apollo Chamber Players Commissioning Competition.

He was a composer fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and the Cultivate program at the Copland House in 2012. From 2004-2011, he was a participating composer and performer in MusicX, an innovative festival of new music in Cincinnati and Switzerland, where he worked as General Manager from 2008-2011. He has also participated in the “Upbeat Hvar” International Summer School in Croatia, Yiddish Summer Weimar in Germany and the Oregon Bach Festival’s Composers Symposium.

Ippolito is currently Associate Professor of Composition at Texas State University. He studied with John Corigliano at The Juilliard School and with Joel Hoffman and Michael Fiday at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Describe your music

The Privilege of Witnessing the Last Breath, for mezzo-soprano, cello and piano (2020) – 5’ 

Berceuse, for piano (2020) – 4’

Canzona, for saxophone ensemble (2020) – 6’

Mythos, for harp (2020) – 15’ 

Folk Songs, for piano (2020) – 17’ 

Suite, for cello (2020) – 12’ 

A Handful of Dust, for chorus and strings (2019) – 24’ 

A Thousand Tongues, for tenor and piano (2019) – 15’ 

Cuckoo Variations, for wind ensemble (2019) – 7’ 

Capriccio, for flute, clarinet, violin and cello (2019) – 24’ 

Strange Loops, for violin and cello (2018) – 18’

Vanitas, for soprano and piano (2018) – 16’ 

Triptych, for orchestra (2017) – 26’

Machine Become Music, for wind ensemble (2017) – 25’

Divertimento, for chamber orchestra (2017) – 20’

Smoke Rings, for string orchestra (2016) – 7’

Rain Song, for choir and viola (2016) – 5’

String Quartet No. 4 (2016) – 15’

Ænigmata, canons for high voices (2015) – 10’

Wayward Images, for wind ensemble (2015) – 12’

Smoke Rings, for string quartet (2015) – 7’

The Distance of the Moon, for piano (2015)  – 7’

Piano Trio (2011-15) – 35’

Lights Out!, for viola and piano (2014) – 18’

Peacock Presumes to Die!, for solo voice (2014) – 10’

A Feast of Fools, for fifteen players (2014) – 18’

This Circle, for string trio (2013) – 5’

Walt Whitman’s Notebook, for soprano and piano (2013) – 12’

Big Sky, Low Horizon, for string quartet (2013) – 7’

Six Sassoon Songs, for bass-baritone and piano (2013) – 20’

4 Pieces, for two pianos (2013) – 12’

3 Mushroom Haiku, for double sax quartet, voices and percussion (2012) – 12’

7 Masks, for mixed septet (2012) – 7’

String Quartet No. 3: Songlines (2012) – 10’

Intermezzo, for cello and piano (2012) – 5’

Dancing on Death’s Chair, for five bassoons (2012) – 12’

3 Mushroom Haiku, for double-reed octet, voices and percussion (2012) – 12’

West of the Sun, for wind ensemble (2012) – 10’

Ballade, for piano (2011) – 10’

Nocturne, for orchestra (2011) – 10’

Smoke Rings, for four cellos (2011) – 7’

Ballade, for flute, viola, harp and accordion (2010) – 10’

Nocturne, for flute, violin and piano  (2010) – 10’

Little Organ Book, for organ (2010) – 16’

String Quartet No. 2 (2010) – 25’

Trace, for string quartet (2009) – 5’

Vivaldi’s Bicycle, for cello and baroque orchestra (2009) – 12’

Trio Variations, for clarinet, violin and cello (2009) – 9’

Against the Sky, for orchestra (2009) – 9’

Sonata for Violin and Piano with synthesizer (2008) – 17’

Liszt It Is, for piano (2008) – 8’

Moonsongs, for soprano and piano (2008) – 14′

pianoduo, for piano four hands (2007) – 8’

Have a Nice Day, for mixed chamber ensemble (2007) – 10’

violinduo, for two violins (2007) – 6’

Piano Quintet (2007) – 20’

Double Passacaglia, for violin, cello and piano (2006) – 10’

Songbook of the War, for voices and ensemble (2006/2012) – 40’

String Quartet No. 1 (2004) – 20’

Partita, for solo violin (2004) – 17’

Blackbird Variations, for piano (2004) – 14’

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