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The Portfolio Composer

Feb 18, 2016

Reena Esmail is a composer of orchestral, choral and chamber music. She is a graduate of Yale and Juilliard, and a recent Fulbright grantee to India. Her music explores the spaces between Indian and Western classical music. She has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and ASCAP, and she has written commissions for the American Composers Orchestra, Albany Symphony, and the Kronos Quartet, among many others. Reena currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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Composer Reena Esmail discusses how she found her nice and gives advice on how you can, too!

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Fulbright grants
  • Indian (Hindustani) music
  • Using Indian musicians
  • Composing as a hobby vs. as a career
  • How a composer really receives commissions
  • Actions that lead to commissions
  • Getting to know the right people
  • Letting your niche bring commissions to you
  • Waiting to find your niche
  • Ask for what you want & what you need
  • Paying attention to other people's behavior
  • Pandering vs. Artistic integrity
  • Collaboration with performers
  • Contracts
  • Leaving the score open-ended


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