Julia Wolfe is an internationally celebrated composer. She is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow. Her Pulitzer-winning concert-length oratorio Anthracite Fields, chorus and instruments, draws on oral histories, interviews, speeches, and more to honor the people who persevered and endured in the Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal Region. The New York Philharmonic recently premiered Fire in my mouth, her new large-scale work for orchestra and women’s chorus (146 singers), continuing her interest in American labor history with the subject of women in New York’s garment industry at the turn of the century. Both Anthracite Fields and Fire in my mouth include projection design by Jeff Sugg. Other recent projects include her evening-length Steel Hammer for the Bang on a Can All-Stars and 3 singers, riSE and fLY, a body concerto commissioned by the BBC which features rapid-fire body slaps and street percussion, and Spinning, a multi-media work for cellist Maya Beiser with video by Laurie Olinder. Upcoming works include Fountain of Youth for the New World Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas and a commission from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Flower Power for orchestra and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Wolfe was a recipient of a 2015 Alpert Award in the Arts and was named the 2019 Composer of the Year by Musical America.
Julia Wolfe is a founder/co-artistic director of the international music collective Bang on a Can. She received her BA from the Residential College at the University of Michigan, her MM from the Yale School of Music, and her PhD from Princeton University. Her music is published by Red Poppy Music (ASCAP) and is distributed worldwide by G. Schirmer, Inc.