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Maria Schneider's music has been hailed by critics as "evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization." She became widely known through the orchestra she founded in 1992, which held a Monday night residency at Visiones in New York City for a stretch of five years. Subsequently, the Maria Schneider Orchestra has performed at festivals and concert halls worldwide, and she herself has received numerous commissions and guest-conducting invites, working with over 80 groups from over 20 countries spanning Europe, South America, Australia, and the U.S. After each of her first three recordings brought critical acclaim and Grammy nominations, her most recent recordings have won her two Grammy Awards, the first for 'Concert in the Garden' (Best Large Ensemble Album), and the second for 'Cerulean Skies' (Best Instrumental Composition). Her latest work, 'Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories,' was commissioned by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for soprano, Dawn Upshaw, and Maria is presently working on a piece commissioned by the Kronos Quartet for a 2010 premier.

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