Hailed as “a composer of considerable gifts” and “musically confident and bold” by NPR’s classical music critic, Ingrid Stölzel is performed worldwide. She has received commissions and performances from leading ensembles including the California E.A.R. Unit, Third Angle, Adaskin String Trio, ensemble s21, San Diego New Music, Khorikos, Octarium and Allegrésse and has worked with internationally renowned performers including Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist, Stanislav Ioudenitch. She is a winner of the 2014 Ortus International New Music Competition, 2013 Cayuga Chamber Orchestra Composers Showcase Competition, 2012 Arizona Pro Arte Competition, 2010 NewMusic@ECU Festival Orchestra Composition Competition, 2009 Cheryl A. Spector Composition Prize and 2006 PatsyLu Composition Prize.
Stölzel is a frequent guest composer and her music has been heard at festivals and conferences including the Beijing Modern Music Festival, 16th Biennial Festival of New Music at Florida State, Festival of New American Music, Aries Composers Festival, International Alliance of Women in Music Congress, IC[CM] International Conference on Contemporary Music, SoundOn Festival of Modern Music and NACUSA National Conference, among others. Her piano trio The Road Is All was released by Navona Records and described as “a tender and beautiful work” by the American Record Guide.
Known for her emotionally charged works, Stölzel earned her doctorate degree in composition from the University of Missouri, Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City, where she studied with James Mobberley, Chen Yi and Zhou Long. She holds a Master of Music in Composition from the Hartt School in Hartford, CT where her primary composition teachers were Robert Carl and James Sellars. She is Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Kansas School of Music and prior to this appointment served as Director of the International Center for Music at Park University. Stölzel is a native of Germany and has resided in the United States since 1991.