Julia Adolphe

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Julia Adolphe (born May 16, 1988 in New York City) is an American composer of contemporary classical music. Her works include choral, orchestral, operatic, chamber and art song pieces.

Her initial mainstream recognition was in November 2016 at the New York premiere of her viola concerto Unearth, Release, which was co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and the League of American Orchestras. Adolphe has a Bachelor of arts from Cornell University and a Master of Music degree in music composition from USC and is pursuing her doctoral degree from the USC Thornton School of Music.[1][2]

She is the niece of composer Bruce Adolphe.[3]

Awards, prizes and grants[edit]

List of Awards[2][4]
Morton Gould Young Composer Award
Theodore Front Prize
Jimmy McHugh Composition Prize
John James Blackmore Prize
John S. Knight Prize
American Composers Forum Grant
New Music USA Grant
Sam Spiegel Foundation Grant
Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant
Puffin Foundation Grant

List of compositions[edit]


Year Title
2012 Sylvia
In Progress A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears


Year Title
2014 Dark Sand, Sifting Light for orchestra
2016 Unearth, Release for viola and orchestra
2017 Shiver and Bloom for chamber orchestra
2017 White Stone for orchestra


Year Title
2016 Sea Dream Elegies for SATB chorus, oboe/English horn, and cello
2016 Whispers of Jasmine for SATB chorus
2017 Equinox for SATB chorus


Year Title
2009 White Flag for solo cello
2010 Between the Accidental for string quartet
2011 I Felt a Cleaving for soprano, mezzo-soprano, flute, oboe, bass clarinet, and piano
2013 Wordless Creatures for flute/alto flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, trumpet, percussion, harp, piano, violin, cello, and double bass
2014 Nine Lives for flute/alto flute/piccolo, oboe/English horn, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, and cello
2014 Veil of Leaves for string quartet
2016 Footsteps for soprano, harp, viola, and Persian daf
2016 Moonlight Trio for soprano, two mezzo-sopranos, flute/alto flute, cello, and piano

Art song[edit]

Year Title
2008 If Only She for mezzo-soprano and piano
2009 I Wish it Were T. S. Eliot for tenor and piano
2012 Noon, Not a Sound for mezzo-soprano and piano
2012 To Dissolve for tenor and piano
2015 Footsteps for soprano and piano


  1. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (November 18, 2016). "New York Philharmonic's Next Leader Gives a Taste of Things to Come". The New York Times. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Julia Adolphe | American Composers Orchestra". www.americancomposers.org. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  3. ^ DeCwikiel-Kane, Dawn. "Composer, violist to premiere new concerto at EMF". Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Cincinnati: Julia Adolphe Equinox premiere". Retrieved 2018-03-14.

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