An avid collaborator, Camila Agosto seeks to discover intersections of her work with artistic fields through partnerships with other musicians, visual artists, choreographers, and creators. Her output ranges from acoustic and electroacoustic concert works to orchestral scores; and from solo instruments to larger ensembles. Camila's compositions are both fully notated and improvisational and include interdisciplinary projects with visual media and dance. She uses extended instrumental techniques and emphasizes the exploration of different timbral and textural elements, often seeking to explore the sonic potentialities of acoustic instruments. In the same vein, Camila also highlights and exposes the human element of live performance.
Her music has been performed by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Semiosis Quartet, Berrow Duo, and Ensemble Échappé. It has been featured at the Miller Theatre Pop-Up Series at Columbia University, National Sawdust, Symphony Space Bar Thalia Series, 2018 New Latin Wave Festival, the FETA FM Festival, Sala Neumann, and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Camila often works with visual artists, choreographers, and film directors on a variety of multimedia projects. Recent collaborations include the musical score to The Archivist, an independent film directed by Greg Buracker, and imprint, an electroacoustic installation piece commissioned by Berrow Duo, featuring projected visual media and artwork by artists from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
A finalist of the 2019 Los Angeles Philharmonic National Composer Intensive, Camila was commissioned to create Tybontoan, a new work for the International Contemporary Ensemble premiered during the Noon to Midnight Festival on the main stage of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. She was also recently a runner up in the National Sawdust inaugural Hildegard Competition for Female and Non-Binary composers, and was commissioned to create todavía, a work for small chamber ensemble. Recent projects also include Rift, a duo for bass clarinets and tape commissioned by Miller Theatre at Columbia University. Upcoming projects include a new work for solo flute commissioned by Claire Chase and the Pnea Foundation and Paracusia III, a work for solo saxophone and live electronics commissioned by Justin Massey.
Camila is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in composition at Columbia University. She holds a Master’s degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelors in Music from Montclair State University. Her teachers include Oscar Bettison, Marcos Balter, and Du Yun. She has also worked with Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Sabrina Schroeder, George Lewis, Amy Williams, and Juraj Kojs. Camila was a composition fellow at the New Music on the Point Festival, the Cortona Sessions for New Music, and the Summer Music programs at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity. A recipient of the Randolph S. Rothschild Scholarship, Camila has also received awards and scholarships from the Marshall M. Williams Endowment and Sorel Organization.
Current as of September 2019
Photo: Joseph Tornquist