Michelle Agnes Magalhaes

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Michelle Agnes Magalhaes (b.1979) is a Brazilian composer based in Paris. Michelle Agnes’ musical formation began on the piano. She started taking lessons at the age of six, in her native city. She would go to study composition at the University of Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil, where she obtained a BA and MA, and a PhD in Music from the University of Sao Paulo. During all this, at age of 23, she was the recipient of an artists' prize from Unesco (Ashberg Fellowship) that allowed her to travel extensively in Europe, exposing her to the many different communities of contemporary music on the continent. 
In 2013 she moved to Paris to work in collaboration with IRCAM, the Institute de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique at the Pompidou Center, and also traveled often to Italy to study with Salvatore Sciarrino. During 2017-18 Michelle Agnes Magalhaes was a Radcliffe fellow at Harvard University, USA.
Her compositions are about the production of sound and physicality. She focus on raw materials, creating complex sounds inside forms that are simple and structured. Magalhaes also places a high premium on the engagement of the musician's body with her performance, as well as new approaches to traditional instruments and instrumentation. 
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Solo Instrument


Phare pour harpe è leviers, harpe celtique, 26, 34, 36 ou 38 cordes (2020)
Mobile for prepared piano (2012)

String Quartet


Lighter than air Mais leve que o ar (2020)

Chamber Ensemble (5 - 9 instruments)


Lorca Fragments for flute, clarinet, viola, cello and harp (2016)
Lighter than air Mais leve que o ar (2020)
Lorca Fragments for flute, clarinet, viola, cello and harp (2016)
Mobile for prepared piano (2012)
Phare pour harpe è leviers, harpe celtique, 26, 34, 36 ou 38 cordes (2020)