VICTORIA BOND (b 1945 )
Victoria Bond’s passion for chamber music is evident in each of the more than 100 works she has composed in that genre. She founded Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival in 1998 to showcase living composers and their chamber works, and she continues to serve as artistic director of the annual festival in New York City.
A prolific composer, Bond has written operas, oratorios, ballets, concertos and orchestral works, as well as vocal works and keyboard compositions. She is also renowned for her operas, including Clara (about Clara Schumann, premiered at the Berlin Philharmonic Easter Festival), and Mrs. President (about an 1872 candidate), as well as The Miracle of Light, The Adventures of Gulliver, and several others.
Bond has received commissions from the Houston and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, American Opera Projects, the Young Peoples’ Chorus of New York City, American Ballet Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and many others. Her awards include the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Victor Herbert Award, the Perry F. Kendig Award and the Miriam Gideon Prize.
Bond is principal guest conductor of Chamber Opera Chicago, and has served as Exxon/Arts Endowment conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony, artistic director of the Opera Roanoke, Harrisburg Opera and the Bel Canto Opera, music director of the Roanoke and New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestras and assistant conductor of the New York City Opera. She is a frequent lecturer for the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center.
Bond holds Master’s and Doctorate degrees from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. She is the first woman awarded a Doctorate in orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School.
Victoria Bond’s compositions are published by G. Schirmer, Theodore Presser, C.F. Peters, Subito Music and Protone Music.
For more information, visit www.victoriabond.com.