Lisa Bielawa Chance Encounter

Lisa Bielawa

Composer and vocalist Lisa Bielawa takes inspiration for her work from literary sources and close artistic collaborations. A composer-in-residence at the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, under the auspices of Music Alive, Bielawa has created a range of new works for soloists and orchestra. Bielawa’s works, including The Lay of the Love and Death and Hurry, have been premiered, commissioned and performed at Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall and the Seattle Symphony Made in America Festival. The inaugural season of Zankel Hall included the premiere of her work The Right Weather by American Composers Orchestra and award-winning pianist Andrew Armstrong. Bielawa has received grants, fellowships and awards from the American Academy in Rome, Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers, the Omaha Symphony International Competition and the Foundation Royaumont in France. Her music is available on the Tzadik (A Handful of World) and Albany Records (First Takes) labels.

Awards & Accomplishments

  • 2013

    Major Exhibition

    Lisa Bielawa is the composer & project director of Airfield Broadcasts in Berlin & San Francisco, “parallel large-scale spatial-musical celebrations featuring hundreds of musicians” 

  • 2010

    Album release

    Lisa Bielawa’s solo and orchestral music is released on 2-CD set, In medias res, by BMOP/sound

  • 2009


    Lisa Bielawa is artist in residence at the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East

  • 2009


    Lisa Bielawa receives Rome Prize in Musical Composition

  • 2008


    Chance Encounter receives Gold Medal for Excellence at the Park City Film Music Festival

  • 2008


    Bielawa receives American Music Center Composer Assistance Grant

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