“New York retains a remarkable cadre of composers... but chief among these is the singular figure of Paola Prestini.”

– Financial Times

“Ms. Prestini is known for pushing the boundaries of classical music, in part through collaborations — with poets, filmmakers and conservationists, among others.”

– The Wall Street Journal

Through an illustrious career being equal parts creator and connector, composer Paola Prestini is known both for her “otherworldly…outright gorgeous” music (The New York Times), as well as the “visionary-in-chief” (Time Out New York) and Co-Founder/Artistic Director of the non-profit music organization National Sawdust.

Over 25 large scale artistic works are the result of Prestini joining forces with conservationists, poets, virtual reality film directors, astrophysicists, and puppeteers.

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September 10, 2021

Houses of Zodiac: Poems for Cello

On September 10, 2021, composer Paola Prestini and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler will release 'Houses of Zodiac: Poems for Cello,' an album, film, and immersive video installation that combines spoken word, movement, music, and image to explore the intersection of mind, body, and nature.


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“New York retains a remarkable cadre of composers...chief among these is the singular figure of Paola Prestini”


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