Michi Wiancko

1976 Present

MICHI WIANCKO is a versatile and highly imaginative composer, violinist, and collaborator, whose multi-faceted creative projects and organizational work prioritize artistic discovery, as well as community resilience and social change.

She has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, American Lyric Theater, On Site Opera, Experiments in Opera, American Ballet Theater, Boston Chamber Music Society, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Knights, Ecstatic Music Festival, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Camerata Bern, Liquid Music, Accordo, Schubert Club, The Aizuri, Enso, Friction, Jupiter, and Parker Quartets, Ensemble Connect, Sybarite5, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and Metropolis Ensemble. She also composes music for short and feature-length films, commercials, and for her own band, Kono Michi.

Michi’s first opera, Murasaki’s Moon, premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in May of 2019. This work was created in collaboration with librettist Deborah Brevoort and director Eric Einhorn from OnSite Opera. Michi is a 2018 recipient of an Opera America Commissioning Grant. Since then, she has composed two more operas: Arkana Aquarium, commissioned by Experiments in Opera and premiered in 2021, and The Stream, commissioned by Baldwin Wallace and the Cleveland Lyric Theater, and premiered in 2022.

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