Ketty Nez


Associate Professor of Music, Composition and Music Theory


PhD in Composition, University of California at Berkeley; master’s degree in composition, Eastman School of Music; bachelor’s degree in piano performance, Curtis Institute of Music; bachelor’s degree in psychology, Bryn Mawr College


855 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 415


Composer/pianist Ketty Nez joined Boston University in 2005. Her folk opera, The Fiddler and the Old Woman of Rumelia, was premiered April 2011 by Xanthos Ensemble, and staged by the Juventas Ensemble in May 2012.  Her CD, Listen to a Wonder Never Heard Before!, was released in 2010 by Albany Records, and her piano concerto, thresholds, with the BU Wind Ensemble, in 2013 by Ravello Records.  An Opera in Devolution: Drama in 540 Seconds, was premiered at the 2003 Seventh Festival A*Devantgarde in Munich.  Ketty studied at IRCAM in 1998-9, after working in Amsterdam with Louis Andriessen.

Ketty holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music, and bachelor’s degrees in piano performance from the Curtis Institute of Music, and in psychology from Bryn Mawr College.

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