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Composer Veronika Judita Krausas has had her works performed in Canada, France, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania and the US. The Globe & Mail (Toronto) writes that "her works, whose organic, lyrical sense of storytelling are supported by a rigid formal elegance, give her audiences a sense that nature's frozen objects are springing to life."
Since 1998 Krausas has directed, composed for, and produced multi-media events in Los Angeles that incorporate her works with dance, acrobatics and video. Her chamber opera The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth, based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, was premiered at the New York Opera’s VOX 2008 festival and staged in San Francisco in 2009. A full production with acrobats was mounted in Los Angeles in August 2010 to sold-out audiences. LA Times reviewer Mark Swed said of the show, “Something novel this way comes.”
A commission for the 25th Anniversary of the San Francisco Choral Artists and the Alexander String Quartet, using text by the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, will be premiered in May 2011 in San Francisco.
In 2008 she organized a concert and CD release for The Player Piano Project – a collection of works for player piano by 22 composers from 6 countries. In February 2009 the Penderecki String Quartet gave the US premiere of her work for string quartet and mezzo-soprano at REDCAT Theater in Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles. Her electronic work Waterland with video by Quintan Ana Wikswo, received its European premiere in Lyon France in October and had several international performances.
Krausas is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Composition Department and the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Theory, a pre-concert lecturer at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, on the advisory board of Jacaranda Music, an associate director of The Industry, and an artist with Catalysis Projects.