Discipline: Music Composition

Dalit Warshaw

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Riverdale, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1998, 2019, 2024

Dalit Warshaw is an internationally acclaimed composer, pianist and thereminist. Her music has been widely praised for its lyricism, unique orchestral palette, distinctive harmonic vocabulary, emotional intensity, and vivid portrayal of character. Her works have been performed by ensembles such as the New York and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras (Zubin Mehta conducting), the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Boston and Houston Symphonies, among others.

A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, additional honors include five ASCAP Grants, a Fulbright Scholarship, the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship and Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two BMI Awards, and the Copland House Residency Award. Warshaw currently teaches composition at Brooklyn College and the Juilliard Extension.

While at MacDowell in 2019, Warshaw worked on Dream Land, a piece for chorus and chamber orchestra set to a poem by Christina Rossetti of the same title. Dream Land was commissioned by the Northwest Sinfonietta for a concert entitled "Imagine - Peace at Play," its scheduled premiere was interrupted by pandemic closures.

During her 2024 residency, she is working on a concerto for violin, accordion and orchestra, entitled A Scrapbook for Masza, inspired by a great-aunt left behind in Poland in the wake of the Nazi occupation. The concerto will be premiered by the Duo Karolina Mikolajczyk and Iwo Jedynecki and the Polish National Radio Orchestra in February 2025.


Monday Music

Dalit Warshaw worked in the Monday Music studio.

Given to the residency by the Monday Music Club of Orange, NJ, Monday Music Studio is sited next to an enormous boulder deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago. A small dormer once pierced the east slope of the roof, but after damage suffered in the 1938 hurricane, the roof was rebuilt without the dormer. The interior…

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