Mischa Salkind-Pearl

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General Info


ESL/Music Theory

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 an instructor of music theory, composition, and English as a second language. 

Salkind-Pearl is a critically acclaimed composer of instrumental and vocal music. The Boston Globe wrote of his opera Troubled Water, premiered in September 2015 by Guerilla Opera, that “the invoked virtues, literary and musical, so fascinatingly and congruently avoid the conventionally operatic." Boston Classical Review listed Troubled Water as the Best Premiere of 2015. Salkind-Pearl's works have been performed throughout the United States, Japan, Germany, and Italy and have been featured at music festivals and concert series in Boston, New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Fairbanks, Tokyo, Freiburg, Pavia, and elsewhere. He has received commissions and performances from numerous ensembles and soloists, including Guerilla Opera, the Wellesley Composers Conference, the Callithumpian Consort, Dinosaur Annex, the Boston Conservatory Sinfonietta, and ensemble mise-en.

May 2016 saw the release of Salkind-Pearl's first CD, I Might Be Wrong, recorded by the Ludovico Ensemble, for which he is the composer in residence. Since 2011, Salkind-Pearl has been the artistic director for the Equilibrium Concert Series and EQ ensemble, which present contemporary music with roots in New England. He maintains an active compositional career, with regular commissions from ensembles around the United States and abroad.

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 Work

  • 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

"Troubled Water" by Mischa Salkind-Pearl