Discipline: Music Composition

Eleonor Sandresky

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2000

Dubbed a “piano goddess,” Eleonor Sandresky is a composer, inventor of the Wonder Suit, producer of film with live orchestra concerts, co-founder of the MATA Festival, and performing member of the Philip Glass Ensemble family since 1991. Eleonor’s music has been featured in film and on radio, and is available on Koch International, Sony, Orange Mountain Music, One Soul Records, ERM Media, and Albany Record labels. Her music is performed internationally, from London's Cafe Oto to the Totally Huge New Music Festival in Perth, Australia. Much of her recent works, both with and without electronics, are for choreographed musicians, a genre that she has created to enlarge the musical and emotional meaning through a hybrid form that merges and expands the choreography of playing with the actual music-making. To further that goal, she invented the Wonder Suit, a wearable wireless sensor system that triggers electronic events and processes in her choreographed pieces. Her work evokes energy, and particularly that of sound, and with specific intentionality in her latest works, reflected in her recent album, Strange Energies. A founding member of the improvising composer-driven Ensemble 50, she is at the same time one of New York’s preeminent new music pianists, with performances and premieres of new works by a wide range of composers from Daniel Bernard Roumain to Egberto Gismonti. Deeply involved in the genre of live music and film, she composes, conducts and produces concerts of her own scores, as well as those of Leonard Bernstein and Philip Glass.



Eleonor Sandresky worked in the Veltin studio.

Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…

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