Meet 2017 Toy Piano Festival Participant – Jessica DiMari

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Jessica DiMari is an enthusiastic, internationally recognized composer based out of Brooklyn, New York. She holds a Bachelors degree in Music Composition from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.

A prolific composer, DiMari has written music for iTunes podcasts, web series, video games and film. She has scored original soundtracks to numerous film festival selections; some of which premiered in the United Kingdom, South East New England, New Jersey, Florida, Indiana, the Bronx, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. DiMari’s work in film composition landed her a National Board of Review Award nomination, and a Best Original Music Score nomination in the Terror film Festival. She also scored the soundtrack to a television documentary airing on BCAT and CUNY TV.

Her concert music has premiered at the Brooklyn Museum, Roulette Intermedium, Brooklyn College Conservatory, three International Electroacoustic Music Festivals, Baruch College, Tokyo Japan, and received radio airplay in Havana Cuba.

Acknowledged for her passionate compositional aptitude during her undergraduate career, DiMari held residencies with the Brooklyn College Orchestra, the ConTempo Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble. She holds the Kadish Millet Composer Award for talent in songwriting (and was a featured songwriter on the pop music Listener’s Choice segment of Brooklyn College Radio), and the Morton Feldman Composition Award for excellence in composition regardless of style.

DiMari has studied composition and orchestration with Dalit Warshaw, contemporary orchestration with Sonny Kompanek, theory with Thomas Nazziola, and violin performance with Igor Pikayzen. She is a Brooklyn College Alumni Association Scholarship/Award Recipient, and an ASCAP member.

What sparked your interest in toy piano?
The Toy Piano offers such a rich and diversified musical timbre. As a film composer I love watching films that utilize the Toy Piano for such multifaceted purposes- romantic scenes, lullabies, horror soundtracks etc. For this particular piece, I wanted to compose something youthful, and I drew from my film inspirations to do so.  


What do you hope to achieve artistically or educationally from your participation in the festival?
I hope to meet other talented composers and create lasting relationships for future collaborations. I also hope to work with the incredible pianist Robert Fletiz.  


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