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Michaela Eremiasova has received numerous prestigious composition awards, including the ASCAP Foundation's Rudolf Nissim Prize for her violin concerto "Emblems." She was born in Prague, Czech Republic, and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Throughout her studies and professional experiences as a concert, jazz, film music composer, and songwriter, she has had the opportunity to compose for a wide range of vocal and instrumental ensembles, from soloists to orchestras, and in a variety of genres and styles, including opera, jazz, electronic, and popular music. Her personal study and research of various musical traditions and techniques of composition is reflected in the eclecticism of her music.

Her collaborations include work not only with great performers but also with writers, painters, poets, and modern dance choreographers, as well as experimental and mainstream filmmakers. One of her closest collaborators is her colleague and husband, Colombian composer Jairo Duarte-López. Together, they composed and produced music for a diverse range of high-profile clients in the media and entertainment industry, including Lifetime, Netflix, Amazon Prime, FOX Searchlight Pictures, Lantern Entertainment, Universal Production Music/Megatrax, Discovery Channel Latin America, National Geographic, FOX Telecolombia, and SportsNet Ontario. They also collaborated on the chamber work Car Crash Opera for an animated film by Skip Battaglia. In 2009, Car Crash Opera was selected as one of eight out of eighty submissions to be showcased at that year’s New York City Opera’s VOX Festival. In 2010, Michaela and Jairo were commissioned by the Kurt-Weill Festival, the Eastman School of Music, and the George Eastman House to write music scores for a live performance of eight short silent films from the 1910s to 1930s by renown European filmmakers Lotte Reiniger, Walter Ruttman, and László Moholy-Nagy. The total program was over sixty minutes of music and premiered at the Arsenal Theater in Berlin’s Sony Center in January 2011. In June 2011, Duarte-López and Eremiášová were commissioned by the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University to compose a new operatic work based on Federico García Lorca’s tragedy Bodas de Sangre. In 2014-2015, they were selected to compose additional scenes for the unfinished opera Meet John Doe by the late Mexican composer Daniel Catán (Florencia en el Amazons, Il Postino), as a commission by the Cincinnati Opera for its Opera Fusion: New Works Workshop. 

Eremiášová’s collaborative works with experimental filmmakers such as Stephanie Maxwell, Jean Detheux, Skip Battaglia, Peter Byrne, and Carole Woodlock have been featured in over 300 national and international film festivals, such as the Siggraph Computer Animation Festival: Visual Music in New Orleans, the Anima Mundi Festival in São Paulo, Brazil, the backup_festival in Weimar, Germany, and the 27e édition des Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois in Québec, Canada, among others. Several of the collaborative projects have been recognized with awards, including the Excellence in Soundtrack Award for Car Crash Opera from the ASIFA-East Animated Film Festival, the ASIFA Award for Excellence in Experimental Techniques, the Best Experimental/Animation/Music Video Award, the Best New Art Award, the Best Impact of Music in Experimental, Performance Art, and Art Films: Gold Medal for Excellence, and the Best Experimental Short Award. 

Eremiášová’s music has been featured by renowned organizations such as the New York City Opera, the Kurt Weill Festival, and the Cincinnati Opera, and was performed by the Arabesque Winds, the ITB (Institut Teknologi Bandung) Choir from Indonesia, the Chamber Choir Hymni from Denmark, the vio-Link-oto, Eastman Triana, Eastman Chorale, Eastman Trombone Choir, Novus Trombone Quartet, and Phil Wilson's Berklee big band called “Rainbow Band," among others.

Michaela is an Eastman School of Music PhD graduate and is currently a faculty member at Colburn School in Los Angeles, California.



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