Paola Prestini, a composer, multimedia artist and entrepreneur, has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, The New York Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet and many others. Newest projects include a work for the 21c Liederabend at the Los Angeles Philharmonic; The Hubble, commissioned by Bay Chamber Concerts, with astrophysicist Mario Livio, ICE Ensemble and Trinity Choir; a residency at the Park Avenue Armory/Watermill Center with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus commissioned by the Walker Arts Center and Krannert Center; The Colorado, an eco/film cantata to premiere at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Oceanic Verses with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Paola’s honors include two ASCAP awards and fellowships from Paul & Daisy Soros and Carnegie Hall, where she was a 2012 Musical Exchange Fellow as a featured artist. She has been granted residencies at MASS MoCA, Hermitage Artist Retreat, New York’s Watermill Center, Ucross Foundation, the Sundance Institute, and LMCC Governor’s Island, as well as in colleges and institutions in Italy, Africa, and Mexico.
In 1999, Paola founded VisionIntoArt, an interdisciplinary production company that has created over 70 productions worldwide. She was recently appointed Executive and Creative Director of the new Brooklyn-based venue and nonprofit, National Sawdust. Paola is a graduate of The Juilliard School.