Ellen Reid

2022-23 Commission Club

Ellen Reid is one of the most innovative artists of her generation.  A composer and sound artist whose breadth of work spans opera,  sound design, film scoring, ensemble and choral writing, she was  awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her opera, p r i s m. 

Along with composer Missy Mazzoli, Ellen co-founded the Luna  Composition Lab. Luna Lab is a mentorship program for young  female, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming composers. Since  2019, she has served as Creative Advisor and Composer-in Residence for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Read More

The Work

Co-commissioned by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, ACO and RTÉ National Symphony, Floodplain will receive its NY premiere on March 16, 2023 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Artist Statement

“The thing I like about the word Floodplain is it implies sometimes things go sideways. Not every day. Sometimes it’s going to flood and then otherwise it’s really fertile. So I think this kind of unpredictability, this kind of unsettledness that I still feel. I’m learning to trust and make plans again. I think some of those things are certainly somewhere in the work, but it’s not very specific.” — Ellen Reid

Recent Work