Mary Kouyoumdjian

DMA student in Composition

Mary Kouyoumdjian is a composer with projects ranging from concert works to multimedia collaborations and film scores. As a first generation Armenian-American and having come from a family directly affected by the Lebanese Civil War and Armenian Genocide, she uses a sonic pallet that draws on her heritage, interest in music as documentary, and background in experimental composition to progressively blend the old with the new. Kouyoumdjian has received commissions from the Kronos Quartet, Carnegie Hall, the American Composers Forum/JFund, REDSHIFT, the Los Angeles New Music Ensemble, the Nouveau Classical Project, Friction Quartet, Experiments in Opera, and Ensemble Oktoplus. Her music has been described as "eloquently scripted" and "emotionally wracking" by The New York Times, and in her work as a composer, orchestrator, and music editor for film, she has collaborated on a diverse array of motion pictures and most recently orchestrated on the soundtrack to The Place Beyond the Pines (Focus Features). Currently based in Brooklyn, New York, Kouyoumdjian also actively promotes the growth of new music in her native state of California. Holding an M.A. in Scoring for Film & Multimedia from New York University and a B.A. in Music Composition from the University of California, San Diego, she has studied contemporary composition with Chaya Czernowin, Steven Kazuo Takasugi, and Chinary Ung; new music performance with Steven Schick; and modern jazz with Anthony Davis. Kouyoumdjian is currently pursuing her Composition D.M.A. at Columbia University. Kouyoumdjian is also a co-founder and the executive director of the contemporary music ensemble Hotel Elefant, co-founder of New Music Gathering, and a Teaching Artist Associate for the New York Philharmonic's Very Young Composers Bridge Program.Learn more at: