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Award-Winning Composer

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Scott Wheeler is an award-winning composer, conductor, pianist, teacher and writer on music. Best known for his operas and vocal music, he has also gained wide recognition as a composer of symphonies, concertos, chamber works, solo piano music and ballet.

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Italy

Gil Shaham and Akira Eguchi

May 2020 Scott’s 2017 sonata The Singing Turk in recital in Bari, Bologna and Milano, featuring violinist Gil Shaham and Akira Eguchi with a program that spans through centuries.

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Villa La Pietra

NYU Florence

Scott accompanies Stani Dimitrova in the sonata and soprano Kristina Bachrach of Brooklyn Art Song Society in the premiere of the soprano-piano version of Scott’s Canzoni Italiane. 

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Williamsburg, Brooklyn

National Sawdust

July 2020 sees the premiere of Scott’s trio Traveling Light, featuring Chris Grymes and his trio 120 Proof. Commissioned by National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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A Leading Composer of His Generation

Featured Works

Composer Scott Wheeler’s operas have been commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera. the Guggenheim Foundation and White Snake Projects. His music has been performed by violinist Gil Shaham, conductor Kent Nagano, and singers Renee Fleming, Sanford Sylvan, and Susanna Phillips.

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Composed By Scott Wheeler

Appealingly Modest, Witty, Elegant, and Tuneful

Projects in Development

In recent seasons, Scott has been developing projects with librettists, poets, playwrights, choreographers and visual artists. These include:

  • — Nightingale: Ballet With Melissa Barak; aria lyrics by Kathryn Levy
  • — Sorrows of Frederick: Opera on a libretto of Romulus Linney
  • — Baroness: Opera With Noel Carey
  • — Three Russian Nocturnes: song cycle for Brooklyn Art Song Society (spring 2021)
  • — Tonight at the Crystal Orb: a cabaret about alchemy with Doug Fitch and Steve Greco
  • — The Good Russian: Opera on a libretto of Adam Kraar
  • — The Book of Rachel: Opera on a libretto of Marina Shron
  • — Coco Chanel: A Cabaret song cycle for soprano and musicians, with text by Scott Wheeler and Corinne Winters
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CRITICAL ACCLAIM

The vocal lines are gleaming and utterly natural in their contours… The music brims with wit, freshness of voice, careful craftsmanship, and, in the end, an open-hearted beauty. It is, in other words, typical Scott Wheeler. 

- The Boston Globe

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