Caroline Mallonée


The music of Caroline Mallonée (b. 1975) has been performed in New York City at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, Bargemusic, Tenri Cultural Center, Town Hall, Roulette and Tonic, as well as at the Tribeca New Music Festival, Long Leaf Opera Festival, Carlsbad Music Festival, Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, 21st Century Schizoid Music, on the New Music New Haven series, by American Opera Projects and at Boston’s Jordan Hall.  Her music has been performed in the U.S., the Netherlands, Wales, England, Iceland, Japan, Italy, Brazil and Mexico, and has been broadcast several times over National Public Radio on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion.”

Recent commissions include new works for the Spektral Quartet (Chicago), ANA Trio (New York), Firebird Ensemble (Massachusetts), Present Music (Wisconsin), Ethos Percussion Group (New York), Friends School of Baltimore, pianist John McDonald (Boston) and Monadnock Music (New Hampshire). 

Mallonée’s quintet, Unless Acted Upon: Manifestations of Newton’s First Law, was commissioned by The Walden School in 2011 for the Firebird Ensemble and was premiered in July of that year.  It was performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in May 2012 by The Da Capo Chamber Players.  It has also been played by faculty members of the Chamber Music Conference of the East at Bennington College in Vermont where Mallonée was composer-in-residence in 2013.  Bennington also commissioned a new trio, Clock It, which was premiered at the festival. 

An octet for voice, six instruments, electronics and video inspired by the paintings of Paul Signac written for the Wet Ink Ensemble was premiered in July 2009.  Recent pieces include Shadow Rings, a quartet commissioned by Antares, and Tomorrow Sharpened for marimba and piano, which was made possible by a grant from the Fromm Foundation.  Tomorrow Sharpened was written for Haruka Fujii and Eric Huebner and was premiered in Tokyo.  It is included on Fujii’s most recent CD, Ingredients, available from New Focus Recordings in November 2013.

Ms. Mallonée's quartet, Throwing Mountains, received an ASCAP/Morton Gould Young Composers prize in 2004 and has been performed numerous times by the New York-based group counter)induction as well as by the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Washington Square Contemporary Chamber Players and Present Music.  Another chamber work, 'stain, composed in 2002 for pulsoptional, is featured on their debut CD and has been performed throughout the United States by Flexible Music. 

In addition to her chamber works, Mallonée has written many works for choir. Several of her choral pieces, including The Carolers At My Door, are published by Boosey & Hawkes

Ms. Mallonée holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Music, and a Ph.D. from Duke University.  A Fulbright award recipient, she spent a year in The Netherlands studying with Dutch composer Louis Andriessen and has also studied with Mario Davidovsky, Bernard Rands, Joseph Schwantner, Stephen Jaffe, Scott Lindroth, Evan Ziporyn and Pamela Layman Quist.    

Ms. Mallonée is the director of The Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat, a week-long workshop in New England for composers, improvisers and performers.  She teaches at The Walden School Young Musicians Program in Dublin, NH each summer. 

This season includes performances by Present Music, The Spektral Quartet, The Buffalo Chamber Players, cellist Natasha Farny, Vocális Chamber Choir, Water Gap Singers, Sonority, violist Max Mandel, faculty members at Regis University, and Vox Caeciliae.  Mallonée is the composer-in-residence for Amherst High School in Amherst, NY.  Upcoming projects include commissions from the Young People’s Chorus of New York City (Francisco J. Nuñez conducting), violist Kimberly Sparr, and vocalist Suzanne Fatta.

Ms. Mallonée lives in Buffalo with her husband, the pianist Eric Huebner, and their children.

The Butterfly Effect, a new string quartet written for the Spektral Quartet, was premiered at The Walden School in Dublin, NH on July 10. 

Vocális Chamber Choir will feature “Da Pacem Domine” on several concerts this summer, including in Ely Cathedral, and at the Cambridge Summer Music Festival on August 1 in the UK. 

Click here to see a list of upcoming concerts.

Tomorrow Sharpened for marimba and piano is included on Haruka Fujii’s newest CD, INGREDIENTS, released by New Focus Recordings.  Click here for details.