Louis Fujinami Conti
New York, New York
From Carnegie Hall to Off-Broadway stages, Louis Fujinami Conti’s works have been performed throughout the US, Mexico and Japan. With the ability to tailor his music to any given project, Conti’s music can take the form of: meditative mysticism with music set to the words of Hildegard; hauntingly lyrical sounds that depict the last words of Buddha; or music filled with the sounds of 1920’s cabaret scene. With the ease and flexibility to create a myriad of styles, he has amassed a portfolio of over 100 compositions during the course of a career spanning over two decades. He has also appeared as a soloist for his own group he founded, ZENKA Performing Arts Ensemble. Conti also served as the Executive Director for the League of Composers / ISCM and currently serves as the administrator for the New York New Music Ensemble.
A commission from The Lincoln Center Institute involved a collaboration with the Pilobolus Dance Company, which received its premiere performance at The Walter Reade Theater and continued to be performed at The Joyce Theater and throughout the US. This work was critically acclaimed, as Jack Anderson of New York Times wrote, “The best thing about Slippery Hearts was Louis Conti’s score." His works also received performances by ensembles such as the Chamber Players of the League/ISCM, the New York New Music Ensemble, and Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, and has been featured by prominent soloists such as Anonymous 4’s Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, William Anderson, Chris Finckel, Jean Kopperud, Joseph Kubera, Curtis Macomber, Christopher Oldfather, and Jayn Rosenfeld,. In 2002, the New York Virtuoso Singers premiered his Autumn Requiem – written and completed only few weeks after September 11, 2001 – in New York City.
J.D. Considine, a renowned music critic, wrote:
“I’ve only heard one piece of music that came close to capturing what I felt as I stood on Fourth Street in Brooklyn staring up at the cloud of dust that had unexpectedly replaced the World Trade Center in the skyline, and that was “Autumn Requiem,” a somber and evocative choral composition by Louis Fujinami Conti. A pity it isn’t on CD and in a store near all of you.”
Most recently, he composed for two Off Broadway plays, Real Danger and Elephant Girls; and received world premier performances in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and in Tokyo by Trio Picasso (clarinet, violin and piano), for which Five Robert Frost Songs were commissioned.
Born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1968, Conti spent his formative years in Chiba, Japan, where he began composing at the age of eight. He received a Bachelor of Music from the Boston Conservatory. He then earned his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School where he studied with Milton Babbitt. A recipient of the Gordon Getty Fellowship, he received his Ph.D. in Composition and Theory from New York University.