2023 Festival:
Friday & Saturday, March 17th & 18th
Trinity College – Gruss Music Center
Hartford, Connecticut

Including our Music Marathon, Scholarly Symposium, Emerging Composers Workshop, and our Feature Concert with Ensemble-in-Residence Chartreuse, Composer-in-Residence Maria Kaoutzani, and the winners of our international Call for Scores.

2023 Ensemble-in-Residence:
Chartreuse Trio

Chartreuse string trio is violinist Myra Hinrichs, violist Carrie Frey, and cellist Helen Newby. Uniquely committed to repeat performances and developing the string trio repertoire through adventurous commissions, Chartreuse has premiered works by dozens of composers and toured extensively in the U.S. Northeast, Midwest, and California, as well as in Norway. Cleveland Classical described the trio in concert as “a maelstrom almost tactile in its grittiness” and “as much fun to watch as to listen to.”

Read more about Chartreuse here!

2023 Composer-in-Residence:
Maria Kaoutzani

Maria Kaoutzani is a composer from Limassol, Cyprus. She is currently Visiting assistant professor at Knox College and completing her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.

From taking a walk in the park to watching the news, Maria finds inspiration in all types of environments and spends a lot of time seeking fresh new sounds for her compositions. Her love for Greek music also provides her with a great source of inspiration. Other significant influences include the music of Kaija Saariaho, György Ligeti, and Tania León. Maria was also influenced by her move to New York City as a student, where she learned how to appreciate the diverse musical styles she was exposed to.

Read more about Maria here!

The Women Composers Festival of Hartford promotes the music of contemporary and historical women composers.

The WCFH embraces diversity of race, ethnicity, and ability, and empowers artists from underrepresented groups who identify as women, including transgender and gender-fluid individuals, women of color, indigenous groups, LGBTQ, and the differently abled.

Women Composer HerStory

September 2022: Chuck Chandler shares one of Penny Rodriguez’s Nine Poetic Love Songs.

This series is hosted by Artistic Chair Melika M. Fitzhugh. If you would like to submit a video or topic for consideration, please use the Contact page to get in touch with us!

Check out the rest of the Women Composer HerStory series!