Michelle Ekizian (born November 21, 1956) is an American composer of Armenian heritage.
Michelle Ekizian was born in Bronxville, New York. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a master's degree from Columbia University, having studied with Chou Wen-chung, Mario Davidovsky, Nicolas Flagello and Vladimir Ussachevsky. Her music has been performed internationally.
Honors and awards
- American Prix de Rome from the American Academy in Rome, 1988
- Commerce Bank International Composition Award, 1987
- Indiana State University/Louisville Orchestra New Music Competition Prize, 1990
- Aram Khachaturian Award
- ACA Recording Award
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship
- National Endowment for the Arts fellowship
Selected works include:
- Octoéchos for Double String Quartet and Soprano
- The Exiled Heart orchestral cycle, including The Exiled Heart (1986), Morning of Light (1988), and Beyond the Reach of Wind and Fire (1989)
- Symphony #1: When Light Divided
- Slow Apocolypse: Fanfare for Orchestra Manque, 1995
- A Saint Gregory Moment
- David of Sassoun, 1992
- Sabre Dances for orchestra, 1991
- Red Harvest: Concerto for violin and orchestra
Her music has been recorded and issued on CD, including:
- Works by Michelle Ekizian and Louis Karchin, New World Records
- American Academy in Rome spring concert, 1989 June 5
- "Works by Michelle Ekizian and Louis Karchin" (PDF). Retrieved December 8, 2010.
- Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved December 9, 2010.
- Edwards, Maurice (2006). How music grew in Brooklyn: a biography of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra.
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