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Mischa Salkind-Pearl

Interim Chair of Composition, Contemporary Music, and Core Studies
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As a composer, I am devoted to enabling students to find their artistic and linguistic voices and to critically question and engage with their musical community.

Mischa Salkind-Pearl joined the Conservatory in 2010 and is interim chair of composition, contemporary music, and core studies. He teaches music theory, composition, and English as a second language.

When not teaching, Salkind-Pearl is a composer, and has received performances of his music by ensembles around the United States, Japan, Germany, and Italy. Boston Classical Review named his opera, Troubled Water (September 2015, Guerilla Opera), the Best Premiere of 2015. Recent and upcoming projects include a lecture at the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, attendance at the 2017 International Gugak Festival in Seoul, an ongoing collaboration with Boston-based artist Nathalie Miebach, and commissions for Atlanta's Chamber Cartel and New York-based ENSEMBLE MISE-EN. Salkind-Pearl is artistic director for the Equilibrium Concert Series and ensemble, an organization that presents concerts highlighting the music of Boston's diverse contemporary music community. His music can be heard on the Ludovico Ensemble's portrait CD of his work, I Might Be Wrong (2016), and on the album Pluralities (2017) on Chen Li Records.

Professional Awards and Recognitions

  • Work selected for reading by Finland's Uusinta Ensemble, MATA (2014)
  • First prize in Composition Competition, Massachusetts String Teachers Association (2013)
  • First annual commission for the Callithumpian Consort at New England Conservatory, SICPP (2010)

Notable Recent Works

  • Troubled Water (Guerilla Opera, directed by Allegra Libonati, 2015)
  • The Plum Gatherer for soprano and cimbalom, commissioned by the Ludovico Ensemble
  • Pari for solo cello, commissioned by Rhonda Rider
  • Loess for saxophone and piano, commissioned by Philipp Stäudlin
  • A Poppy of Erasure for violin, viola, and bass clarinet, commissioned by Dinosaur Annex