Discipline: Music Composition

Marti Epstein

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Cambridge, MA
MacDowell fellowships: 1998, 1999

Marti Epstein is a composer whose music has been performed by the San Francisco Symphony, The Radio Symphony Orchestra of Frankfurt, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Ensemble Modern, and members of the Boston Symphony. She has completed commissions for the Fromm Foundation, The Munich Biennale, the Iowa Brass Quintet, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Longy School of Music, the Ludovico Ensemble, Guerilla Opera, the Radius Ensemble, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Callithumpian Consort. She has been a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant. Marti has twice been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and has been in residence at the MacDowell.

During the 2017-2018 concert season, Marti’s work was featured extensively alongside the work of Anton Webern on the Trinity Wall Street’s Time’s Arrow Festival in New York City. Her music was performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players in Leipzig, Germany in June 2018. In October 2018, Boston Opera Collaborative presented the premiere of Absent Grace, Marti’s contribution to the BOC Opera Bites project. Her first opera, Rumpelstiltskin, was presented in a revival performance with animated shadow puppetry in New York City in May 2019. In November 2019, the Ludovico Ensemble will be presenting a three-concert festival of her music to celebrate her 60th birthday.

Marti is professor of composition at Berklee College of Music and has been at Berklee for 28 years. She also teaches composition at Boston Conservatory and has been there for 12 years.



Marti Epstein worked in the Barnard studio.

Originally built near Union Street, the Barnard Studio — which was funded by Barnard College music students — was re-located to its current site in 1910. When the small structure was moved to its current location, its size was doubled with the addition of a second room. This remodeling, financed by Mrs. Thomas E. Emery…

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