Gabriella Smith, composer
Gabriella Smith is a composer from the San Francisco Bay Area whose music is described as “high-voltage and wildly imaginative” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “bold, original and suggests exciting new directions for American music” (Giancarlo Guerrero), and “You really get the Pacific Ocean, man!” (Cabrillo Festival audience member). Her music has been performed throughout the U.S. and internationally by Roomful of Teeth, Dover Quartet, eighth blackbird, Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, PRISM Quartet, Aizuri Quartet, and yMusic, among others. In addition to Bard Music West, this season’s highlights include performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and new works for Ensemble Connect, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, and Omer Quartet. She is a doctoral candidate at Princeton University and received her Bachelors of Music in composition from the Curtis Institute of Music. When not composing, she can be found backpacking (playing trail songs on her ukulele along the way), birding, playing capoeira, and recording underwater soundscapes with her hydrophone.