Louis Chiappetta (b. 1989) is a New York-based composer whose works have been performed across the United States and abroad in venues such as the Helsinki Music Centre, London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and at festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Dartington International Summer School, Aldeburgh Music Festival and Musica nova Helsinki. His recent projects have included Fracture, a series of clarinet miniatures written for clarinetist Mark Simpson as part of a collaboration with the London Contemporary Dance School, a newly revised version of his quartet …and again… for Music from Copland House, and Lonesome Traveler for large ensemble, which was premiered at the 67th Aldeburgh Festival by members of the Britten-Pears Orchestra. Adrift, Chiappetta’s first work for orchestra, was commissioned by Kaija Saariaho with funds from the Saariaho 60th birthday fund administered by Chester Music. The work, published by Chester Music, was premiered on the opening concert of the 2015 Musica nova Helsinki festival by John Storgårds and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, which was televised live in Finland and webcast internationally.
Looking ahead, 2016 will see the premiere of several new works, including Circle Limit, a solo cello piece for Utah Symphony principal cello Rainer Eudeikis inspired by Escher etchings, and This is no less curious for pianist Andrew Zhou.
To date Chiappetta’s work has been recognized with awards from ASCAP (2010 Morton Gould Young Composer Award) and The American Academy of Arts and Letters (2011 Charles Ives Scholarship), and the Cleveland Institute of Music (2011 Donald Erb Prize). In 2012 he was also the recipient of a Fulbright grant awarded by the U.S. Department of State, and spent a year in London as a Fulbright postgraduate scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Chiappetta began his formal composition training at the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division at the age of thirteen, and holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His principal instructors have been Julian Anderson, Steven Stucky and Keith Fitch. He has also taken part in workshops and courses mentored by Kaija Saariaho, Oliver Knussen, Joan Tower and Derek Bermel amongst others. In March 2012 Chiappetta participated in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute professional training workshop lead by Kaija Saariaho and the cellist Anssi Karttunen which included the premiere of his string trio Loops, Clocks, and Shadows at Zankel Hall. Currently, he is a D.M.A. candidate at Cornell University under the tutelage of Steven Stucky and Kevin Ernste.