Reena Esmail
Composer in Residence
2015-2016 season

Indian-American composer Reena Esmail enjoys working in both the Western and Hindustani (North Indian) classical music idioms. Esmail holds a bachelor’s degree in composition from the Juilliard School, and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. Her primary teachers have included Susan Botti, Aaron Jay Kernis, Christopher Theofanidis and Martin Bresnick, Christopher Rouse and Samuel Adler. She has won numerous awards, including the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (with forthcoming publication of a work by C. F. Peters) and two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. She is currently a postresidential, doctoral candidate at the Yale School of Music.
 
 
Indian-American composer Reena Esmail enjoys working in both the Western and Hindustani (North Indian) classical music idioms. Esmail holds a bachelor’s degree in composition from the Juilliard School, and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. Her primary teachers have included Susan Botti, Aaron Jay Kernis, Christopher Theofanidis and Martin Bresnick, Christopher Rouse and Samuel Adler. She has won numerous awards, including the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (with forthcoming publication of a work by C. F. Peters) and two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. She is currently a postresidential, doctoral candidate at the Yale School of Music.
 
Esmail was a recipient of a Fulbright-Nehru grant for the 2011-2012 academic year and studied Hindustani vocal music in New Delhi, India. She was selected as a 2011 INK Fellow to speak
about her work at the INK Conference (in association with TED) in Jaipur, with additional speaking engagements in Chennai, Delhi and Goa. For the 2010-11 season, she was the
conductor and arranger for Yale’s Hindi a cappella group, Sur et Veritaal. Esmail’s doctoral thesis, entitled Finding Common Ground: Uniting Practices in Hindustani and Western Art
Musicians explores the methods and challenges of the collaborative process between Hindustani musicians and Western composers. Her most recent Hindustani vocal studies
have been with Srimati Lakshmi Shankar and Saili Kalyanpur in Los Angeles, California.
 
Recent commissions include: Teen Murti, for string orchestra, commissioned by the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Mei-Ann Chen, Curiosity for the Pasadena Master Chorale; Tuttarana for the Mount Holyoke Glee Club; and Vishwas for the Albany Symphony and bharatanatyam dancer Sisira Gorthala. Her recent film work includes scores for Kali
Juger Kumbh, a Bengali film by Ashish Avikunthak and Radha, by Rupeshi Shah.
 
Esmail currently lives in Los Angeles, California
 
  
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LOCATION
Concerts on the Slope is a monthly concert series performed at
St. John's Episcopal Church
139 St. John's Place, Brooklyn, New York,  11217
 
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