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Michelle Ekizian


New York born composer Michelle Ekizian has earned degrees in composition from the Manhattan School of Music, and from Columbia University (D.M.A., 1988), where she studied with Chou Wen-chung, Mario Davidovsky, Nicolas Flagello, and Vladimir Ussachevsky.

Among the various honors Ekizian has received are the American Prix de Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the 1987 Commerce Bank International Composition Award, the 1990 Indiana State University/Louisville Orchestra New Music Competition Prize, the Aram Khachaturian Award, and commissions from the American Composers Orchestra, the Jerome Foundation, the Fromm Music Foundation, the Barlow Endowment, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, she received an American Composers Alliance (ACA) Recording Award for her 1986-87 composition Octoéchos for Double String Quartet and Soprano

Ekizian’s works have been performed by orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the United States and Europe, and she is noted for the way her works reflect the nature of her Armenian heritage. Her fanfare, entitled Slow Apocolypse: Fanfare for Orchestra Manque was first performed by the NSO in 1995. Among her other major compositions are The Exiled Heart Series, which includes The Exiled Heart (1986), Morning of Light (1988), and Beyond the Reach of Wind and Fire (1989).
Ekizian remains active in music, and resides in New York.
Michelle Ekizian


  • Slow Apocalypse