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Natsumi Osborn (b.1999) is a Japanese-American composer of classical music whose work has been performed throughout North America. She has produced a ballet in collaboration with the Houston Ballet Academy, and has had pieces performed by ensembles such as the Mannes Orchestra, Awea Duo, 5th Wave Collective in Chicago, and the Cleveland Chamber Choir. Her works for youth ensembles have been performed by multiple high school orchestras across the country. Furthermore, Natsumi’s compositions have been recognized and honored by the American Composer’s Forum NextNotes Awards, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Awards, Cleveland Composer’s Guild, Carson Thomas Miller Texas Emerging Composers Competition, and WCSMS Promising Young Composers Competition. She is also a recipient of the Flint Initiatives Grant, which enabled her to spend three-weeks at the Arts Letters & Numbers residency in Albany, NY; there, she co-composed the suite Impressions of House and Home with the KOI composer collective.

Recent large projects include Narratives for Orchestra premiered by the Mannes Orchestra; a harp concerto, Three Apparitions at Twilight, premiered by Hannah Allen and the Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble; LEGACY, a commission by the Cleveland Chamber Choir for written in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Kent State shootings; and The Sleeping Earth, a work for soprano and orchestra premiered by the Phlox Orchestra at Oberlin, led by Nan Washburn.

Natsumi is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory (class of 2021) where she studied music composition under Stephen Hartke. She has also studied with Elizabeth Ogonek, Jesse Jones, Amy Beth Kirsten and Daniel Knaggs. Outside of the conservatory, Natsumi additionally received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and minors in History and East Asian Studies from Oberlin College. Now, Natsumi is based in Washington, D.C. where she continues to compose while working in economic consulting.

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