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Samantha Wolf : Associate Artist

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Photo: Tristan Siegel

Described as "haunting", "enigmatic", and "inspired", the music of Australian-born, US-based composer Samantha Wolf blends the classical, contemporary, acoustic, and electroacoustic worlds, while being grounded in the notated tradition. Although she specializes in instrumental and electroacoustic music, her diverse catalogue includes orchestral, vocal, dramatic, electronic, radio, and multimedia works, and theatrical sound design.

Samantha has worked with many of Australia's leading new music ensembles, including the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Ensemble Offspring, The Song Company, Ensemble Liaison, the Horsley Williams Duo, Rubiks Collective, and Kupka's Piano. Her music has been featured internationally at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music (Germany), soundSCAPE Festival (Italy), Impuls Academy (Austria), Bang on a Can (USA), and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (USA), and locally at the Tilde New Music Festival, 2high Festival, the ANAM Set, and the Metropolis New Music Festival. Her music has been broadcast on ABC Classic FM, 3MBS, PBS and 4MBS, and featured by Making Waves, Partial Durations, Collective Soundwaves, and ABC's New Waves podcast. As a sound designer, her work has been featured by Elm Shakespeare Company and the Yale Cabaret.

Current and future projects include scores for two upcoming feature films, major new works for the Brisbane Music Festival and Ensemble Offspring, and her first full-length opera.

Samantha holds undergraduate degrees from the Queensland Conservatorium and the University of Melbourne, and two Masters degrees from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Chris Theofanidis, and Aaron Jay Kernis. From 2022-2024, Samantha is an inaugural Artist in Residence at the Longy School of Music in Boston, MA.

Samantha is represented by the Australian Music Centre and APRA in Australia, and ASCAP in the United States.

Samantha Wolf — current to October 2022

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Want not : for piccolo, percussion, piano/toy piano and cello with found objects (2018) Commissioned by Rubiks Collective.