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date: 19 February 2020

Botti, Susan locked

  • Eliot Gattegno


(b Wichita Falls, TX, April 13, 1962). American composer and singer. She studied theater and French at Wellesley College (BM 1984), music at the Berklee College of Music (BM 1986), and composition at the Manhattan School of Music (MM 1990). Her teachers have included Hilda Harris, drew Minter , Myron McPherson, and Nancy Armstrong.

Botti has had a remarkable career as a performer and composer. Relationships with composers including Sofia Gubaidulina, Matthias Pintscher, and Toshio Hosokawa have played a crucial role in her development. Composer Tan Dun has created several significant works for her, including Red Forecast for soprano and orchestra and the role of Water in his opera Marco Polo. She has appeared as a soloist performing her own compositions with the New York PO, Cleveland Orchestra, BBC Scottish SO, and Los Angeles PO, among others.

Botti’s sheerly beautiful scores often persuade the listener with soft elegies, ethereal interludes, and vigorous, lumbering dances; as is evident in her work Translucence (...

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