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Leanna Primiani

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Leanna Primiani

Biography

Leanna Primiani (b. 1978, California) is an American composer and conductor.

Dr. Primiani She earned a doctorate in composition from the University of Southern California and has studied with such noted composers and conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Peter Eötvös, Christopher Rouse, Steven Stucky, Morten Lauridsen, and Howard Shore.

Primiani is an award-winning composer who aims to bring together the collective experiences of the many for greater understanding. Her music asks listeners to consider deep issues and ideas related to the female experience, as she believes that connection and thoughtful participation can catalyze powerful change. Leanna writes music that changes how listeners see themselves and the world around them. Using electronics as well as orchestral instrumentation, she explores the limits of musical form, sound, and time.

Starting out as a conductor, with credits including the National Symphony and LA Opera, she never imagined that composition would take over her life. Leanna channeled her kinesthetic experience of music-making as a conductor into her writing, with her music being championed by Bang On A Can, the Nashville Symphony, the Cabrillo Music Festival, and the Imani Chamber Music Festival in NYC.

She composes for film and television. Credits include the WIF/Fox Searchlight production of Signal, the feature documentary Altitude Not Attitude, as well as the remake of the cult classic The Bad Seed.

Dr. Primiani recently won the 2020 Toulmin Commission from the League of American Orchestra and The American Composers Orchestra to compose a work for ROCO in Houston to be premiered in February 2021. She was composer-in-residence at The Millay Colony for the Arts in Upstate New York during summer of 2021. Recent premieres include Gaudete by the Wheeling Symphony in December 2020, Glass Ceiling by the St. Olaf Band, and OMNI for Reed Trio by Trio 212 New York City. Past performances of her catalog include the Nashville Symphony, Cabrillo Festival, Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, United Nations 50 for Freedom campaign, International Clarinet Association (Belgium and the USA), National Flute Association, Imani Wind Festival (NYC), June in Buffalo, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Harvard Women’s Choral Festival, Atlanta Chamber Players, Vox Musica, Ensemble Mo (FR), and the Commandaria Orchestra Chamber Music Series (CY) and the Hear/How Festival in Los Angeles.

A native Californian, Leanna currently splits her time between Santa Monica and New York. She is a member of BMI, Recording Arts Academy, Television Academy, New York Women Composers, The Alliance of Women Film Composers, and The Society of Composers and Lyricists.


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