Composer, Columbia University
Deutsche Bank Fellow in Music Composition - Class of Fall 2023
Camila Agosto is an electroacoustic composer and interdisciplinary artist based in New York City. An avid collaborator, Agosto seeks to discover intersections of her work with additional artistic fields through collaborations with other musicians, visual artists, choreographers, instrument builders, and creators. Her projects range from acoustic and electroacoustic works and orchestral scores to interdisciplinary projects incorporating electronics, visual media, and dance. Her music is both fully notated and improvisational and often employs extended instrumental techniques, exhibiting a particular emphasis on the exploration of different timbral and textural elements. Within her works, Agosto is interested in uncovering the sonic potentialities of acoustic instruments through highlighting and exposing the human element of live performance. She has worked with many ensembles, including members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, Quartet 121, the Semiosis Quartet, Berrow Duo, Ensemble Échappé, and many more.
Agosto’s work has been featured in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Noon to Midnight Festival, Miller Theatre Pop-Up Series at Columbia University, National Sawdust Inaugural Hildegard Competition, Symphony Space Bar Thalia Series, 2018 New Latin Wave Festival, the FETA FM Festival, Sala Neumann, the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, and more. In recent projects, Agosto has designed and constructed various instruments and performative installation pieces to use in her compositional work. Upcoming projects include Paracusia IV; a continuation of a multi-movement, concert-length program scored for solo saxophone and live electronics co-commissioned with Justin Massey, with a grant awarded from the Canada Council for the Arts, and The Memory of Water Vol. 1; a multi-piece project created in collaboration with violist and poet, Martine Thomas, exploring the integration of text, live composition, improvisation, electronics and custom instruments. Agosto is completing her DMA in music composition at Columbia University. She holds a BM from Montclair State University and MMA from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.