Performed by: 
     Kronos Quartet (USA), TAJJ Quartet (Serbia), Belgrade Philharmonic with Peter Leonard conducting (Serbia), Serbian National Theater - Opera (Novi Sad), Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Callino Quartet (Ireland), Knoxville Symphony with Cornelia Laemmli conducting (USA), Vojvodjanski Simfonicari with Berislav Skenderovic conducting (Serbia), Philadelphia Virtuosi with Daniel Spalding conducting (USA), ETHEL, Momenta Quartet, Afiara Quartet, Voxare Quartet, Onyx String Quartet, Sausalito String Quartet (USA), Jorge Caballero, guitar, (USA), Kaki King, guitar, (USA), Utrecht String Quartet (Holland), Tanglewood Music Center Fellows (USA), Zeljko Lucic, baritone (Germany), Moravian Philharmonic with Jiri Mikula conducting (Czech Republic), Robert Aitken, flute, (Canada), San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra (USA), NME San Francisco Conservatory with Nicole Paiement conducting (USA), Ingmar Duo (Serbia), Orfeo Duo (USA), Brass People, (Serbia), Ana Milosavljevic, violin, Vladimir Valjarevic, Marija Ilic, Djordje Nesic, piano (USA), Borislav Cicovacki, oboe, (Serbia/Holland), Ijsbreker Ensemble (Holland), Ad Libitum Ensemble (Serbia), Jeunesse Musicale Choir (YU), Istvan Varga, cello, (Serbia/Hungary), Lunatics at Large (USA).

Commissions received from:  
The Carnegie Hall Corporation for Kronos Quartet (USA), Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Brooklyn Academy of Music (USA), UC Berkeley - Cal Performances (USA), Rambert Dance, London (UK), Serbian National Theater (Novi Sad, Serbia), Kyo-Shin-An Arts (USA), Dusan Tynek Dance Theater (NYC), Kingsford Commission, ASCAP (USA), Houghton Mifflin for Festival Ballet Providence, RI (USA), Clarice Smith Performance Arts Center Maryland (USA), Barlow Endowment (USA), Orfeo Duo (USA), University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra (USA), San Francisco Conservatory (USA), SWVCC Festival of the Arts (WV), Mannes’ Bach and Baroque Legacy Festival (NYC), Merkin Concert Hall Composers’ Zoom Series New York (USA), Ad Libitum Ensemble (YU), Barbara Jancic, soprano (USA), John Psarouthakis (Greece/USA).

Residencies:
     Forbidden City Orchestra (Beijing), fieldtrip to China (April - May 2016, Octiber 2017)
     The Hermitage, FL (January 2016, March 2014)
    Europa Cantata, Pecs, Hungary, August 2015
     Djerassi Foundation, CA (April - May 2014)
     University of California, Berkeley, Music and Modernity (April 2 - 6, 2014)
     MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH, (2011, 2006, 2003, 1998) 
     Summer in Sombor, Serbia (July 2010 and 2009, August 2008 and 2007) 
     Novi Sad Music Festivities, NOMUS, Serbia (April 2009, April 2005)
University of Maryland, Clarice Smith Center (November 2008)
American Lyric Theater, NYC (November 07 – January 08)
Kotorart Festival, Kotor, Montenegro (July 2007)
Interzone Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia (May 2006)
SWVCC Festival of the Arts, Abingdon VA (April 2006)
Bach and Baroque Legacy Festival, Mannes College, NYC (March 2006)
RIPFest 7, NY (October 2005)
The Douglas Moore Fellow at the Florida Grand Opera (January and February 2005)
Festival Ballet Guest Composer, Providence, Rhode Island (2004)
The Douglas Moore Fellow at the Opera Memphis (September - December 2004)
The Douglas Moore Fellow at the Glimmerglass Opera (July and August 2004)
New Dramatists, NY (2004)
June in Buffalo, NY (2003)
American Opera Projects, Brooklyn, NY (2003)
Cabrillo Conductors/Composers’ Workshop, Santa Cruz, CA (2002)
     Other Minds Festival, San Francisco, CA, (2001)
     Rockefeller Bellagio Center, Lake Como, Italy (2000)
     Gaudeamus Seminar on contemporary works for string quartet, Amsterdam, Holland (1996)

Recordings and Publications:
     Bubbles, on Black Mountain Songs, performed by Brooklyn Youth Chorus, conductor 
     Dianne Berkun, New Amsterdam Records (2017)
     More Nade (The Sea of Hope), electronic music, released by The Institute of Culture of 
     Vojvodina to accompany the art monograph by Dragan Jankov (2017)
The Sea Ranch Songs, with film by Andrew Lyndon, music by Aleksandra Vrebalov, CD/DVD set
performed by Kronos Quartet, Cantaloupe (2016)
Beyond Zeo: 1914 - 1918 film by Bill Morrison, music by Aleksandra Vrebalov,
music performed by Kronos Quartet, DVD, Ikarus (2015)
Passion Revisited on VATRENJA, Association of Composers of Serbia (2015), 
K. Radovanovic, piano, Julia Hartig, violin, Goran Mrdjenovic, violoncello
Pannonia Boundless on Kronos Explorer Series, Nonesuch (2014), Kronos Quartet
The Spell II on INGMAR, Association of Composers of Serbia and Association in Art Ingmart (2013)
     Eastern Chapel Meditations on MUSIC FROM THE BALKANS, Centaur Records (2012)
      The Spell III on ANA - Reflections, Innova 776 (2010), Ana Milosavljevic, assisted by Brian Mohr
      The Spell III on PATH, LCMS 1001 (2010), Elizabeth Cooney assisted by Tommaso Perego
…hold me neighbor in this storm…, on Floodplain, Nonesuch (2009), Kronos Quartet
Pannonia Boundless, CD, Studentski Kulturni Centar Novi Sad (2009), TAJJ Kvartet
Pannonia Boundless, publication by Boosey&Hawkes (2007)
My Orbits - TV Biography, Serbian National Television, NS Channel, 25 minutes, (2005)
Pannonia Boundless on Hello Kronos, Japanese Memorial Edition, Nonesuch (2003), Kronos Quartet
String Quartet #2 on Other Minds 7, Other Minds (2001), Onyx String Quartet   
Pannonia Boundless on Caravan, Nonesuch (2000), Kronos Quartet
Times on Vienna Modern Masters, VMM (1997), Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, J.Mikula cond.
Rodjenje Hristovo on Zvucni Letopis, Novi Sad Academy of Arts Sound Series (1992), NSAA Choir

    Collaborations:
    Niloufar Talebi (writer) on Abraham in Flames, 2017
    John King (composer) on 10, 000 Things, 2016
    Patricia Okenwa (choreographer) on Hydrargyrum, 2015/16
    Ronit Eisenbach (architect), Jeni Wightman (visual artist), and Cassie Mador (choreographer) 
    WaterLines, Chester river waterfront installation, 2014/15
    Dusan Tynek (choreographer) on Anna 2014 - 2017
    Bill Morrison (filmmaker), on Beyond Zero for Kronos Quartet, 2013
    Igor Antic (visual artist), on documentary film Les quatre cariatides, 2013
    Dragan Jankov (visual artist), on Music for Metaphysical Painter and The Sea of Hope, 2011/12
    Dusan Tynek (choreographer) on Trilogy in 2012
    Nene Humphrey (visual artist) on Amygdala Project, 2011/12 
    David Krakauer and Kronos Quartet on Babylon, Our Own 2011
    Vida Ognjenovic (playwright) on Mileva in 2009/10
    David Harrington (violinist) on ...hold me, neighbor, in this storm... in 2007
    Vladimir Valjarevic (pianist) on Forgotten Anthems in 2006
    Michael John Garces (playwright) on Stations in 2005/06 and Canta Claro in 2004
    Viktor Plotnikov (choreographer) on The Widow’s Broom in 2004 
    Brooke Berman (playwright) on Lava in 2004
    Lidija Srebotnjak (visual artist) on The Numbers in 1996
       
Awards, Fellowships and Honors:
New Music USA grants for Abraham in Flames and The Exiles, 2017
ASCAP Standard Award (2003-2017)
Golden Badge KPZ/Ministry of External Affairs, for longterm contribution to Serbian culture, 2015 
FROMM/Harvard University Commission, 2014
SANDBOX, Washington College, Chestertown, 2014 
Kingsford Art Song Commission/ASCAP for Simic Songs, 2013
MAP Fund Grant for Beyond Zero, 2013 
Composers’ Association of Serbia, 2012 Mokranjac Award for Mileva, best work premiered in Serbia in 2011
Gold Medal “Jovan Djordjevic” from Serbian National Theater for contribution to opera, for Mileva (2012)
Muzika Klasika 2011 Composer of the Year, for Mileva (Serbia, 2012)
Meet the Composer (2011, 2003, 2000) 
Composers’ Association of Serbia Mokranjac Award for Stations (2010), best work premiered in Serbia in ‘09
American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Fellowship (2007)
Barlow Endowment (2006)
US Permanent Resident status, based on the achievement in Composition (2005)
American Music Center Copying Grant for The Widow’s Broom (2004)
Friends and Enemies of New Music, NY, US (2004), First prize for Canta Claro
The Douglas Moore Fellowship (2004)
     ASCAP Leonard Bernstein Fund for participation at June in Buffalo (2003)
     Friends and Enemies of New Music, NY (2003), Honorable Mention for C6 for solo guitar
     Rackham Block Music Grant, University of Michigan, (2002)
     J&V McIntosh Memorial Graduate Fellowship, University of Michigan (2001/02)
University of Michigan Humanities Fellowship (2001/02)
Rockefeller Bellagio Center Fellowship, Italy (2000)
University of Michigan Regents Fellowship (1999/2000, 2000/01)   
Otto Eckstein Family Fellowship, Tanglewood (1999) 
     Gaudeamus/Gigant Center for the Arts Fellowship, Holland (1998) 
     SR Yugoslavia/Province of Vojvodina Artist Grant, Serbia (1997) 
     The Vienna Modern Masters Recording Award, Austria - USA (1997), First Prize for Times 
     Gaudeamus Foundation Grant, Holland (1996) 
     The Highsmith Composition Competition at SFCM, CA, USA (1996), First Prize for Times 
     San Francisco Conservatory Fellowship (1995/96)      
     Open Society/Soros Fond Grants, Serbia (1995, 1998) 
     SR Yugoslavia Ministry of Culture and Education Grant (1995)

Education:
Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Composition, University of Michigan (2002)
Master of Music in Music Composition, San Francisco Conservatory (1996)
Bachelor of Music in Music Composition, Novi Sad University, Yugoslavia (1992)

Additional Composition Studies:
Darmstadt International Music Courses, Germany (2000)
Tanglewood Music Center, USA (Osvaldo Golijov, George Benjamin, 1999)
Apeldoorn Young Composers’ Meeting, Holland (Louis Andriessen, Richard Barrett, 1998) 
Prague Academy of Music, Czech Republic (Ivana Loudova, 1997)
New York University Summer Composition Workshop, USA (Justin Dello Joio, 1996)
Belgrade University, Yugoslavia (Zoran Eric, 1993 – 1994)
Summer Courses in Sombathely in collaboration with IRCAM, Hungary (Marco Stroppa, 1992)         
Summer Courses in Kazimierz Dolny, collaboration with IRCAM, Poland (Magnus Lindberg, 1990) 
     
Teachers - Composition and Theory:
Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, Andrew Mead (University of Michigan)
Osvaldo Golijov, George Benjamin, (Tanglewood Music Center)
Ivana Loudova (Prague Academy of Music)
Justin Dello Joio (New York University)
Elinor Armer, Conrad Susa (San Francisco Conservatory)
Zoran Eric, Miroslav Statkic (Serbia)

College Level Teaching:
Novi Sad University – Guest Professor, Composition, doctoral studies (2013)
CUNY/City College New York – Music Theory, Composition and Orchestration (2003-13)
University of Michigan – (GSI) Music Theory: Aural Skills (2000, 2001) 
University of Michigan – (GSI) Introduction to Music Theory (2000)
Novi Sad University – Composition Seminar (1997, 1999) 
Novi Sad University – Music Theory: Structural Analysis of Music I and II (1993, 1994, 1997, 1999)

Bibliography:
Articles by Aleksandra Vrebalov:
New Music Summer Courses in Darmstadt: New Sound, ISSN 0354-818X No. 17, 2001     
       (in Serbian and English)
Moral i Mitologija u Savremenoj Umetnosti, AUNS, Centar Susreta Pokret, Novi Sad, 1995 (in Serbian)
      
Articles on Aleksandra Vrebalov:
Valentina Radovan: Identity Politics, Music, and Musical Discourse in the Age of Globalization,
Muzikologija/Musicology, 2012 (12): p. 63-78
Robert Kirzinger: Aspects of Duality in Aleksandra Vrebalov’s Mileva, New Sound No. 40-2, 2012, p. 191-199
Ivana Stefanovic: Mileva i “Mileva,” Scena No. 4, 2011, YU ISSN 0036-5734 (In Serbian)
Milan Markovic: Intimni dnevnik opere Mileva, Nova Misao No.13, October 2011, (in Serbian)
     Bogdan Ðakovic: The Road of the Cross and the Road of a Man — Stations, Matica srpska Journal of 
     Stage Art and Music, No. 42, 2010, ISSN 0352-9738     
     David Harrington: …hold me, neighbor, in this storm…, Chamber Music Vol. 26, No. 5, 2009
Mirko Sebic/Adrian Kranjcevic: Stanice na putu, Nova Misao No.1, July 2009, in Serbian and English, p. 36 - 39
     Tatjana Marković: "Vrebalov, Aleksandra," Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 2nd ed., ed. by 
     Ludwig Finscher (Kassel: Bärenreiter; Stuttgart: Metzler, 2008), 1053-1054
Brendan Tapley: Peaceful Measures, MacDowell Newsletter Vol. 37, No. 1, 2008
Tatjana Markovic: In Orbits of Aleksandra Vrebalov, New Sound No. 27, 2006 (in Serbian and English)
Ira Prodanov: Quotation in Works of Aleksandra Vrebalov, Collect papers of V International Symposium “Folklore-music-work”, Belgrade, 1997 (in Serbian and English)
Ira Prodanov: String Quartet No. 1 by Aleksandra Vrebalov, New Sound No. 9, 1997 (in Serbian and English)


From the reviews:

New York Times:
-- My Desert, My Rose....the composer describes as a series of patterns that are subject to the players’ in-the-moment choices as to length, meter, tempo and dynamics. The intricate, industrious patterns — involving plaintive lines, obsessive ostinatos, string scratchings and more — exuded adventure and intensity. (M. Tommasini)

-- “A gripping experience.” Beyond Zero: 1914 - 1918

-- “It’s a testament to Ms. Vrebalov’s skill that the result is a unified and purposeful work (Babylon, Our Own), combining depth and a great deal of surface polish, beauty and even fun. Her musical language, inflected with Balkan and klezmer idioms, is vivid and free of clichés. Its relationship to the music and poetry of the past — recorded, inherited, memorized — is refreshingly unneurotic.”

-- “Ur Song, an arresting aria from an opera in progress by Ms. Vrebalov.”

-- “spell no. 4, for a changing world, a premiere: a recording of a choral work by Ms. Vrebalov (“Slepacka molitva”) wafted through a gripping sequence of groans, cries and ethereal chords, punctuated with the sounds of chimes, shells and broken glass.”

…hold me, neighbor, in this storm… “a vibrant tapestry of urgent, sinister passages with insistent rhythms, lyrical interludes, raucous folk melodies and microtonal whispers.”

Wall Street Journal
-- “Yet Aleksandra Vrebalov’s “Bubbles” topped it for innovation, with Kronos joined by the vibraphonist Andy Meyerson and 30 members of the outstanding San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by Valerie Sainte-Agathe.  Never have buzzing lips, piercing whoops, and giggling been so beguiling, and when these singers drew out “I Love You,” it was impossible not to be moved.”

WQXR
The Sea Ranch Songs, album of the week.  “Aleksandra Vrebalov Reshapes California Minimalism with Kronos Quartet...the album creates a sense of wonder and connection with the natural world.”

Time Out New York
-- “Aleksandra Vrebalov's wrenching …hold me, neighbor, in this storm…”

The Times
-- “A strange and sober beauty.” Beyond Zero: 1914 - 1918

The Guardian (BBC Proms):
-- “Aleksandra Vrebalov's Hold Me, Neighbour, In This Storm was chilling and beautifully structured, with pre-recorded Serbian Orthodox church bells and Islamic calls for prayer.”

Washington Post:
-- “Babylon, a Clarice Smith commission (for Kronos Quartet and David Krakauer), is a searing 35-minute work.”

The Berkshire Review of Scotland, Edinburgh Festival:
-- “It’s an impressive and well-wrought piece (…hold me, neighbor, in this storm…), and I’ll certainly be looking out for Vrebalov’s work in the future.”

Cleveland Arts:
-- “The most impressive piece on Friday’s program came last, Aleksandra Vrebalov’s “…hold me, neighbor, in this storm…” In this audacious and affecting score, the Serbian composer evokes traumas and joys experienced by the Balkan people during the 20th century. 
Vrebalov employs a vast soundscape in her jolting portrayal of violence, courage and defiance. Along with the intense interplay of the string quartet and occasional colorations of ethnic instruments, the narrative is catapulted by a tape of church bells, a woman singing a folk song and the chilling sound of exploding bombs. The performance seized the ears and sent the audience into the night with much to ponder.”

Danas (Serbia):
-- Opera Mileva – “Exceptional music by Aleksandra Vrebalov.”

Blic (Serbia):
-- Opera Mileva – “Supreme artistic experience.”

Opera Journal:
-- Opera Mileva – “Vrebalov scores with broad strokes and bold gestures in lush orchestration. There’s no minimalist picking and plonking here and there, but huge swathes of strings and floating melodies with violent interjections of stabbing brass and percussion.”

Lucid Culture:
-- “The richly hypnotic, glacially shifting, Messiaenesque tectonics of Aleksandra Vrebalov’s Eastern Chapel Meditations.”

BBC Music Magazine:
-- “Vrebalov's Spell, a mesmerising piece for violin interacting with live electronics and pre-recorded choral fragments.”



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