Vanessa Lann

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Vanessa Lann
Born (1968-04-06) April 6, 1968 (age 49)[1]
Brooklyn, NY, USA[2]
Nationality American
Education Tanglewood Institute
Royal Conservatory of The Hague
Alma mater Harvard University
Summa Cum Laude 1990[3]
Occupation Composer, pianist
Years active 20+ years
Employer Webster University[3]
Style Contemporary classical
Awards John Knowles Paine Award[1][4]
Bohemians Prize,[3]
Hugh F. MacColl Prize[3]
Website Official website

Vanessa Lann is an American composer living in the Netherlands.[5][6] She is known for contemporary compositions for underutilized instruments such as the clarinet,[7] bassoon[8][9] and toy piano.[10] Her compositions have been broadcast on radio,[11] recorded on compact discs,[7] and performed in music festivals in Europe and North America. She has written numerous types of compositions, including concertos and operas.[12] In 1990, she was musical director at the American Repertory Theater.[13] Reviewer David Toub described her music as "expertly performed".[14] New York Times music reviewer Allan Kozinn described her composition Is a Bell ... a Bell? as a "propulsively rhythmic score" which was charming with its use of two toy pianos to bring out "different timbral qualities."[10] Music reviewer Jed Distler described her compositions as "gracious keyboard writing and humor."[15] Dutch music critic for the prominent daily newspaper de Volkskrant, Frits van der Waa, has reviewed her music on numerous occasions. He described her half-hour opera The Silence of Saar in 2013 as an "endless series of mind-numbing variations,"[16] he described her music in 2005 as "intense but sweet juicy tension,"[17] and her composition for the Delft Chamber Music Festival in 2007 as "beautiful."[18]

Selected compositions[edit]

  • Moonshadow Sunshadow[19]
  • Lullabye for a young girl dreaming[20]
  • Oh Whispering Sun[21]
  • The Silence of Saar[16]


  1. ^ a b Hi961 Music (Netherlands radio), Vanessa Lann, Retrieved Aug. 17, 2014, "...Vanessa Lann (born april 6, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American composer, who currently lives in The Netherlands...In 1990 she received the John Knowles Paine Travelling Fellowship .."
  2. ^ Frits van der Waa, December 13, 2005, de Volkskrant (Netherlands daily newspaper), Chazan singing and tickling 'blue notes', Retrieved Aug. 18, 2014, "...Composer Vanessa Lann, .. Lann was born in New York,."
  3. ^ a b c d Contributions of Jewish Women to Music and Women to Jewish Music, Vanessa Lann, Retrieved Aug. 17, 2014, "...American. Composer. b. Brooklyn, New York, April 6, 1968..."
  4. ^ 1990, Harvard University Department of Music, Undergraduate Fellowships 1990-present, "...1990... Vanessa Lann received the John Knowles Paine Traveling Fellowship to study composition at the Konoinklijk Conservatorium of The Hague..."
  5. ^ Frits van der Waa − September 18, 2006, de Volkskrant (Netherlands daily newspaper), (in Dutch) Rondgang van orkest tot aan Paard van Troje, Retrieved Aug. 18, 2014, "...Amerikaanse componiste Vanessa Lann ..."
  6. ^ December 13, 2005, de Volkskrant [1], Retrieved Aug. 18, 2014
  7. ^ a b A Compact Disc Recording of Four Contemporary Works for Clarinet by American, Mindy Marie Pyle, Proquest publishers (2008), Interview: Vanessa Lann, Retrieved Aug. 17, 2014, See chapter 5 page 31
  8. ^ JANUARY 23, 2014, Muziekgebouw (Netherlands), Sinfonia Rotterdam, Retrieved Aug. 17, 2014, "..The American-Dutch composer Vanessa Lann writes a new bassoon concerto for the acclaimed bassoonist Bram van Sambeek and Sinfonia Rotterdam...."
  9. ^ January 18, 2014, Fagotnetwerk, Discount Network members Bassoon bassoon concerto world premiere Vanessa Lann, Retrieved Aug. 17, 2014, "..Dutch composer Vanessa Lann third Rotterdam Concerto for the renowned bassoonist Bram van Sambeek. That Vanessa Lann ... concerto for a less common solo instrument..."
  10. ^ a b ALLAN KOZINN, September 29, 2006, The New York Times, Playing With a Lot of Toys, but for a Serious Purpose, Retrieved Aug. 17, 2014, "..Vanessa Lann’s “Is a Bell ... a Bell?” (2004) is a propulsively rhythmic score, but its real charm is its use of two toy pianos with different timbral qualities to suggest orchestration, of a sort. ..."
  11. ^ BROADCAST LIVE ON ABC CLASSIC FM, 30TH APRIL, MUSICA VIVA FESTIVAL 2011, Retrieved Aug. 17, 2014, "...Vanessa LANN Springs Eternal (2007).."
  12. ^ DORDRECHT FEBRUARY 18, 2013, Opera Magazine, Silence Saar world premiere, Retrieved Aug. 17, 2014, ".. . En de opera zelf, die de Amerikaanse componiste Vanessa Lann schreef op een Nederlandstalig libretto van Erik-Ward Geerlings.. => the opera itself, which the American composer Vanessa Lann wrote on a Dutch libretto by Erik-Ward Geerlings ...."
  13. ^ KELLY A.E. MASON, April 20, 1990, The Harvard Crimson, Forming Female Bonds, Performing the Bard, Retrieved Aug. 17, 2014, "..The women cast as men in As You Like It also had a few problems with the Renaissance songs featured in the play, says musical director Vanessa Lann...."
  14. ^ David Toub, Sequenza 21, September 2006, Piano Music by Women Composers, Retrieved Aug. 17, 2014, "...this album ... very nice compilation of expertly-performed music by a good selection of female composers. On this album, we find music by the well known (Meredith Monk, Sofia Gubaidulina) and the less well known (Vanessa Lann, .."
  15. ^ Jed Distler (music reviewer), Classics Today, DON’T PANIC! 60 SECONDS FOR PIANO, Retrieved Aug. 17, 2014, "....What are my favorite pieces? ... the gracious keyboard writing and humor of Vanessa Lann’s DD (Double D)..."
  16. ^ a b Frits van der Waa (music reviewer), 02/25/13,, (Netherlands news source), The silence of saar, Retrieved Aug. 17, 2014, ".. The Silence of Saar, a new half-hour opera by composer Vanessa Lann and libret....endless series of mind-numbing variations... "
  17. ^ Frits van der Waa, 14/12/05, de Volkskrant (Netherlands daily newspaper), Chazan singing and tickling 'blue notes', Retrieved Aug. 18, 2014, "...intense but sweet juicy tension..."
  18. ^ Bela Luttmer, August 2, 2007, de Volkskrant (Netherlands daily newspaper), "You really want to deliver something beautiful ', Retrieved Aug. 18, 2014, "...Vanessa has a piece written especially for me ... She was immediately excited and started working...."
  19. ^ Jul 28, 2014, Delft Post, Opening Delft Chamber Music Festival, Retrieved Aug. 17, 2014, " premiere "Moonshadow Sunshadow" Vanessa Lann..."
  20. ^ 2014, Radio 4 The Netherlands, [2], Retrieved Aug. 17, 2014, "...The American-Dutch composer Vanessa Lann ..Lullabye for a young girl dreaming "
  21. ^ Schweitzer Radio, September 18, 2011, Radio SRF 2 Kultur, Concert: Vanessa Lann, "O Whispering Sun" (UA), Retrieved Aug. 17, 2014, "..Shared pain is not necessarily a problem halved, but one understands the pain of others better. The composer Vanessa Lann says about her piece "Oh Whispering Sun", "people singing together to hear each other."..."

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