Leanna Primiani

Composer Bio

(born 1978)   Notevole – BMI

“Music is architecture in motion, evolving through time and space.” Leanna Primiani

For Leanna Primiani — award-winning composer and conductor — artistic connection means creating adventurous music by integrating the foundation and balance of the classical tradition with textures and innovations in electronic music. Her musical voice is unique and wide-ranging featuring works for orchestra, band, chamber ensemble, solo instruments, chorus and solo voice, film, multimedia, and sound installation.

Primiani’s signature, contemporary classical aesthetic is distinguished by dreamy ambience, bold textures, and a clever and seamless fusion of synthetic and organic instrumentation — it’s often hard to distinguish pure orchestral passages from electronic-based motivic movements. Core to her compositions are dense cluster chords for harmonic movement, unexpected instrument and register pairings, and pure time as an organizing factor for movement verses traditional measure-by-measure delineation. In addition to her architectural mindset, the composer uses storytelling as an integral part of her compositional voice, thinking of her compositions as narrative vehicles and using dynamic soundscapes to lay out thematic arcs.

Primiani’s music has been performed in the US and abroad including: the Nashville Symphony which premiered Sirens (for orchestra) conducted by Leonard Slatkin; Cabrillo Music Festival which gave the first performance of Searching for M; the American Composers Orchestra; the Aspen Music Festival; PURE, a Massachusetts-based mixed-media interactive exhibition and sound lab; the Ensemble Aventure Freiburg (Germany) which included a broadcast on SWR German Radio, and in Paris at the Centre de Création Musicale Iannis Xenakis.

Primiani’s numerous commissions and awards include: the national “Audience Favorite” Award of the RAPIDO Chamber Music Competition (Holy Order, Shaker Dances); the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra which commissioned and recently premiered 1001 (an accompanying ‘side-by-side’ piece to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade);The Black Swan commissioned by the National Flute Association; a featured guest-composer residency with the IMANI Winds Chamber Music Festival; the ACCBDA Emerging Composers grant; Vox Musica’s 1st Prize Award (Paraklesis for women’s voices); and being twice-named the recipient of the highly coveted USC Leonard Bernstein Music Scholar Award and the USC Arts Grant.

As a conductor, Primiani’s vast repertoire ranges from standard symphonic and operatic works to new masterpieces and cutting-edge 20th- and 21st –century music. She has conducted for the LA Opera, National Symphony, California Opera Association, the Fort Worth, San Antonio, Santa Rosa and Pasadena Symphonies, and served as music director for the Central California Ballet. Her ambient classical voice has made her an in-demand composer for creating music for feature films, television, and short films.

A native of Southern California, Primiani currently lives in Santa Monica. She is a trained flutist and a DMA composition graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) Thornton School of Music. Primiani studied with such noted composers and conductors as Steven Stucky, Christopher Rouse, Howard Shore, Leonard Slatkin and Peter Eötvös.