Ingrid Stölzel (b.1971) has been hailed “as a composer of considerable gifts” who is “musically confident and bold” by National Public Radio’s classical music critic. Her music has been described as “tender and beautiful” (American Record Guide) and as creating a “haunting feeling of lyrical reflection and suspension in time and memory” (Classical-Modern Review). At the heart of her compositions is a belief that music can create a profound emotional connection with the listener.
Stölzel’s compositions are performed in concert halls and festivals worldwide, including the Seoul Arts Center, Kennedy Center, the Thailand International Composition Festival, Festival
Osmose (Belgium), Vox Feminae Festival (Israel), Festival of New Music at Florida State (USA),
Beijing Modern Music Festival (China), Festival of New American Music (USA), and SoundOn
Festival of Modern Music (USA). Her music has been awarded and recognized in numerous
competitions, among them recently the Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composer's Award, Red Note Composition Competition, the Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers, and the Ortus International New Music Competition. Her solo album “The Gorgeous Nothings” was released by Navona Records in July 2018.
Stölzel earned her doctorate degree in composition from the University of Missouri, Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City and holds a Master of Music in composition from the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT. She is on the composition faculty at the University of Kansas.