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Dalit Warshaw

The Juilliard School, CUNY Brooklyn College
Composition faculty
New York, NY
A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow and 2017 OPERA America Discovery Grant Awardee, Dalit Warshaw’s works have been performed by ensembles including the New York and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras (Zubin Mehta conducting), the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Boston, Houston, and the Grand Rapids Symphonies. Her first opera, CAMILLE CLAUDEL (libretto by Susan Gubernat), just received its first workshop, starring Nancy Allen Lundy (Camille) and Michael Kelly (Rodin), conducted by Victoria Bond and directed by Beth Greenberg. The opera focuses on Claudel's development as a sculptor, whose talent emerged as bourgeois ideals regarding young women began changing in fin-de-siecle Paris, though not soon, nor completely, enough. Termed a "Woman of Genius," Claudel's ultimate fall from grace was a disturbing and tragic ending to a young, brilliant career. Her early successes were, paradoxically, nurtured by those who contributed to her ultimate demise: her mentor and lover, Rodin, could not provide the status and security of marriage, and her brother Paul Claudel's fervid moral condemnation led him to commit her to an asylum for the rest of her life.
Also an active pianist and thereminist, Warshaw premiered her piano concerto, CONJURING TRISTAN, with the Grand Rapids Symphony in 2015. She has soloed on theremin with BMOP, the NY Festival of Song, and the San Francisco Symphony, and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the American Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, among other ensembles.
Awards include two BMI Awards, five ASCAP Grants, a Fulbright Scholarship, a Charles Ives Scholarship and the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Warshaw has held multiple residencies at the Yaddo and MacDowell Artist Colonies, and graduated Columbia University and the Juilliard School, where she obtained her doctorate. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Composition at Brooklyn College, and on composition faculty of the Juilliard Evening Division. Her CD, Invocations, is available on Albany Records.