Composer Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum (born New York City, 1979) writes music for concert halls, film, and theatrical stages internationally. She recently completed Quotes, a large commission for the 40th Anniversary of The London Symphony Chorus with string orchestra, as well as pieces for the Seattle Symphony, Detroit Symphony and San Francisco Symphony. Last year her dectet Hand Games received its premiere by The Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra and west coast premiere by Ensemble Green in Los Angeles. This past fall, Soojin Anjou premiered Ouija, a book of music for solo piano, at The Berlin Musical Instrument Museum in Germany. In February, Essential Voices USA, conducted by Judith Clurman, premiered A Simple Oath on National Public Radio. She was recently commissioned for the French 2012 Concours International de Piano d'Orléans and for The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music for the 2012 season.
Kroll-Rosenbaum received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Composition at The Juilliard School, where she studied with Samuel Adler and Milton Babbitt. Her music has been premiered by ensembles as varied as the Hollywood Studio Orchestra, The New York Concert Singers, The Kinor Ensemble, Jim Henson's Muppets, The Project Youth Chorus, The Young People's Chorus of New York City, Greenwich House Music, and VisionIntoArt, with recent premieres at Lincoln Center, The Library of Congress, The 92nd St. Y, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Merkin Hall, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Fox Newman Scoring Stage, Galapagos Art Space, Zone Chelsea: Center for the Arts, The ArcLight Theater, The Old Globe Theater in San Diego, LA Theatre Works, The Museum of the American Indian, and North Carolina School of the Arts. She received the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award for her work, Two Songs from Days of Innocence, which is published by Boosey & Hawkes and released by Vital Records. From 2003-2005, Kroll-Rosenbaum served as the Director of the Composers' Forum at The Juilliard School, and as a Teaching Artist for the New York Philharmonic. As a 1999 co-founder and six-year co-director of the interdisciplinary new music group, VisionIntoArt, she collaborated on creating multimedia programming and music for over 30 productions that were presented throughout the United States. Kroll-Rosenbaum has received grants from The American Music Center, Meet the Composer, The New York State Council on the Arts, ASCAP, NFAA, among others.
Kroll-Rosenbaum's film scores include Jason Boritz' The Shattering, Victor Goss' The Apocalypse According To Doris, Thabo Wolfaardt's Joburg, Kate Hackett's Mesmerize Me, Reina Solunaya's Foreign Language, Tze Chun's Back To The Front, and Ben Peyser's Temporary Obsession, among others. In collaboration with composer Laura Karpman, she works on numerous video games, television shows, feature films, animated cartoons and interactive electronic works––recent projects include Masters of Science Fiction for ABC, In Justice for ABC, Craft in America for PBS, American Masters for PBS, Kung Fu Panda 2 Video Game, Ace Ventura Jr.; The Tournament; Center Stage 2; Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom for the PS3, and additional music for Halo 3. In 2009, Kroll-Rosenbaum served as co-librettist and executive music producer for the Carnegie Hall world premiere of Langston Hughes' Ask Your Mama, a multimedia collaboration between Jessye Norman and Laura Karpman. She resides in Los Angeles.