Laura Karpman

Program Director
Career Highlights
  • Four-time Emmy Award-winning composer
  • Performances by the Los Angeles and Czech Philharmonics, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Houston, National, Detroit, and Prague Symphonies, and American Composers Orchestra
  • Recent multimedia work, Ask Your Mama, written for Jessye Norman and the Roots, premiered to a sold-out house at Carnegie Hall, which commissioned it, and debuted in L.A. at the Hollywood Bowl
  • Has written scores for Steven Spielberg, PBS, the Smithsonian, documentarian Barbara Koppel, and the Chinese government (for which she received an Annie Award nomination)
  • Wrote video game music for Sony Online Entertainment, where she was a resident orchestral composer, winning a GANG Award
  • Received the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Ives Fellowship and several ASCAP and Meet the Composer awards
  • Residencies at Tanglewood and the MacDowell Colony, and was among the first Sundance Institute Fellows
  • Attended the Aspen Music School and L' Ecole des Arts Americaines
  • Graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan
  • Received doctorate from the Juilliard School
  • UCLA faculty and guest composer of the Juilliard Composition Forum