ELISABETTA BRUSA (b 1954 )
Born in 1954, Elisabetta Brusa studied composition at the Conservatorio of Milan, Italy, with Bruno Bettinelli and Azio Corghi, graduating in 1980. She continued studying with Hans Keller until 1985. She won first prize at the International Competition for Composition for String Quartet in Washington DC in 1982, the Fromm & Fulbright Foundation Fellowships for the Composition Course at the Tanglewood Music Center in the United States in 1983 and from 1988 to 1990 artistic residencies at the MacDowell Colony in the United States. She writes nearly exclusively for orchestra and has had numerous commissions, performances and broadcasts in Europe, the United States, Russia, Canada, Australia, Ukraine, Hong Kong and Korea with orchestras such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, State Hermitage Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Gera-Altenburg Philharmonisches, Aachener Kammer Orchester, New England Philharmonic of Boston, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, I Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra of Milan, I Solisti Veneti, as well as with many other ensembles and soloists. Naxos has released two other recordings of her works for orchestra [Volume 1 / 8.555266 and Volume 2 / 8.555267].
She has taught composition since 1980 and has been Professor of Composition and Orchestration at the Conservatorio of Milan since 1985. She is married to the conductor Gilberto Serembe.