Brian Tyler Honored at BMI Film, TV and Visual Media Awards Music Connection, May 13, 2022

“…O’Neill and BMI EVP of Distribution, Publisher Relations & Administration Services, Alison Smith, presented the BMI Impact Award to BMI composers Amy Andersson, Miriam Cutler, Isolde Fair, Penka Kouneva, Starr Parodi and Lolita Ritmanis, in recognition of their groundbreaking artistry, creative vision and impact on the future of music with Women Warriors: The Voices of Change.”

‘Fast and Furious’ Composer Brian Tyler Named BMI Icon at Film, TV and Visual Media Awards, John Burlingame, Variety, May 12, 2022

“…Also on Wednesday, the BMI Impact Award was presented to the ensemble of female composers who scored the Grammy-winning ‘Women Warriors: The Voices of Change’ project.”

Brian Tyler to be Honored as BMI Icon at 38th Annual BMI Film, TV And Visual Media Awards, BMI, April 14, 2022

“…BMI composers and lyricists Amy Andersson, Isolde Fair, Lolita Ritmanis, Miriam Cutler, Penka Kouneva and Starr Parodi will be receiving the BMI Impact Award, recognizing their profound work on Women Warriors: The Voices of Change, a GRAMMY-winning album and documentary film that has received rave reviews on the international festival circuit.”

Grammys 2022 Winners: The Complete List, Shivani Gonzalez, New York Times, April 7, 2022

“The 64th annual Grammy Awards took place Sunday night after being delayed by the Omicron variant. The show was held in Las Vegas for the first time at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and Trevor Noah returned as the host. A majority of the awards were presented at the premiere ceremony, held before the telecast.”

Grammy Award Winners In and Around Classical Music, Janos Gereben, Classical Voice, April 4, 2022
“The 64th Grammy Awards — after a pandemic cancellation in 2020, remote approximation in 2021, rescheduled by three months because of Omicron in 2022 — finally unspooled Sunday evening, in the Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden.”

Women Warriors: The Voices of Change is now a Grammy-nominated album (2022) and award-winning documentary film that has been winning film festivals all over the globe in 2021, Bonnie Marcus, Forbes, December 14, 2021

“It started with a dream. Legendary voting and women’s rights activist, Fannie Lou Hammer, spoke to her with a clarion call to protect the sacred right to vote. That call for action motivated orchestra conductor, Amy Andersson, to begin to research the stories of the many women who dedicated their lives in the pursuit of a more equitable world, and women now fighting for social justice, human and civil rights, environmental causes, minority rights, gender equality and for the right of every girl to an education.”

Women Warriors: Voices Of Change Left Me Speechless, Stacey Hoffer, September 26, 2019

“Amy Andersson’s vision, collaborations, and performance at Lincoln Center last week was literally one of the most spectacular performances I’ve ever witnessed.”

Women Warriors Capture the Audience at NY’s Alice Tully Hall, BMI News, September 24, 2019

“BMI composers Amy Andersson, Miriam Cutler, Lolita Ritmanis, Starr Parodi, Isolde Fair, Mandy Hoffman and Penka Kouneva, along with composers Anne-Kathrin Dern, Sharon Farber and violinist Nathalie Bonin, paid inspiring tribute to some of the women who have changed the course of history on Friday with their stunning concert, Women Warriors: The Voices of Change. The concept for this groundbreaking event was developed by world-class conductor Amy Andersson.”

Front Row Center: Women Warriors: The Voices of Change Review,” Elizabeth Ann Foster, The Front Row Center, September 24, 2019

“Amy Andersson may have struck gold by creating Orchestra Moderne NYC. It is a great way to engage a new generation to orchestral music through the communicative power of multi-media.”

Orchestra Moderne NYC: Women Warriors: The Voices of Change in Review,” Frank Daykin, New York Concert Review, September 22, 2019

“This concert event should be required viewing at the U.N. general assembly that begins in New York on Monday; and it should be done in every high school and college domestically and worldwide…..May there be many more.”

Female Composers Worked on 1% of Top Films Since 2007 – Can a New Concert Help Even the Score?, Richard Stellar, Hollyblogs, The Wrap, September 4, 2019

“…while women in the entertainment industry have made historic gains in representation both on and off camera, the percentage of film composers who are women has remained dismal.”

BMI Composers Celebrate Women Warriors Who Have Changed the World, Nina Pacent, BMI News, September 4, 2019

“Even the concert’s name, Women Warriors: The Voices of Change, evokes powerful inspirational imagery. Now, this groundbreaking live-action event promises to take that emotion to the next level by celebrating some of the world’s most compelling women at 8 PM on September 20, at New York City’s Alice Tully Hall.”

Breaking the Sound Barrier: How MPath is Creating a Network for Women in Music, Sherri Daley and Mirette Seireg, Ms., August 22, 2019

“…women cite common concerns when working in the music industry: Their skills are discounted; they lack a viable support system in a male-dominated profession; and they are concerned about financial instability—to name a few.”

The Music of BMI Composers Ritmanis, Boyer and Lebetkin Moves Carnegie Hall Audience, BMIOctober 16, 2017

“The Carnegie Hall concert, which was expertly conducted by the orchestra’s founder, Amy Andersson, celebrated the American immigrant experience.”

Review: Orchestra Moderne NYC is Moving and Relevant at Carnegie Hall, Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, ZEALnyc, October 9, 2017

“The orchestra, under Andersson’s clear baton, played with verve and flair.” 

“If the rhythmic panache, warmth of tone, and impeccable intonation demonstrated in this reading are any indication, New York City has another first-rate classical ensemble on its hands.”

“Amy Andersson and her Orchestra Moderne NYC have laid a solid foundation for their arrival in New York, and the orchestra plays magnificently, as if together for years. Andersson’s conducting is refreshingly no-nonsense and efficient. Her technique never draws attention to itself and she has a good ear and rich musicality.”

Immigrant Voices of Hope and Resilience, and Our Relentless History of Vilification of the Of the Other, from Wagner to Trump, Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. , Contributor, Huffington Post, October 11, 2017

“Each of the actors—Stacey Lightman, Myles Phillips, Rori Nogee, Daniel Kreizberg, Annie Meisel, Austin Ku, Carol Beaugard, and Karen Johal—brought presence, passion and pathos to their lines.”

Orchestra Moderne NYC Is Ready To Tackle Social and Political Issues; First Stop—The Immigrant Experience, Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, Huffington Post, September 30, 2017


“All of the pieces were masterfully performed by the Orchestra Moderne NYC, directed by Amy Andersson.

Amy Andersson featured in Wall Street Journal article: “How Videogames Are Saving the Symphony Orchestra. Sarah E. Neddleman, 10/13/15.

The Mann Center, Philadelphia, PA, 9/18/15. ©Derek Brad.

The Mann Center, Philadelphia, PA, 9/18/15. © Derek Brad.

Press Quotes

“The conductor Amy Andersson, who through her work with the Dusseldorf Opera has earned a good reputation, conducted with economical gestures and led the brilliantly playing orchestra.  Giessen Zeitung

This ensemble, which was announced this year for the first time specially for the Chamber Opera of Rheinsberg Castle, played under the high-spirited direction of Amy Andersson with precision and remarkable beauty.” Das Opernglas

The conductor Amy Andersson is one of those rare types that can turn the impossible into the possible. Ruppiner Tageblatt Markische Allgemeine

. . . .a rare and talented young woman, . . . Amy Andersson showed great control of pace and dynamics. She took hold of the sometimes daunting scores of the Stern and the Bloch and added Bach’s A Minor Violin Concerto and a serenade by Offenbach to her musical bouquet for the night. She is an accomplished conductor with a fine ear. . . she must get herself a major orchestra one day.  Lohud, The Journal News, USA Today Network

Under the direction of the American conductor Amy Andersson, the Berliner Symphoniker achieved a disciplined, beautiful sound for the young voices…  Berliner Zeitung

The young American, Amy Andersson, who would look almost as beautiful in front of a movie camera as she is at the conductor’s podium, . . .has now made her Berlin debut conducting in the Philharmonia, where, with the well-trained members of the Berliner Symphoniker, she accepted the challenge of a program of exclusively French music, which was received by the public with increasing attention and hearty applause. . . Under the direction of a conductor like Amy Andersson, who can help create a better effect of even rarely performed works with a pleasing natural manner of feeling and an intelligently disciplined imagination, an orchestra like the Berliner Symphoniker occasionally rises to new heights. . .  Der Tagesspiegel

The truly youthful Berlin-Brandenburg Opera Youth Orchestra has achieved something astonishing; sensitive string playing and equally reliable and beautiful wind playing. Amy Andersson used moderate speeds; the orchestra was never too loud, yet the big recitatives had momentum and decisiveness.  Berliner Morgenpost

The Berlin-Brandenburg Youth Opera Orchestra, specially assembled for the Rheinsberg Festival, provided a sensitive accompaniment under the musical direction of the American, Amy Andersson. The successful premiere tempted us to use superlatives…  Markische Oderzeitung

Amy Andersson very sympathetically elicited absolutely everything from the Berlin-Brandenburg Youth Orchestra (musicians aged 14 to 24). Bravo!  Berliner Kurier

Amy Andersson’s tempi are rather moderate; she never pushes the orchestra into the foreground, but the great recitatives are powerful and convincing.  Berliner Morgenpost

This meant that subtle moods were reserved for the music, a task which Amy Andersson at the conductor’s desk of the Berlin-Brandenburg Youth Opera Orchestra performed impressively. There was so much vivacity in the orchestra, the ensembles were rhythmically so flexibly accompanied, that any other repertory productions would have paled in comparison.  Opern Welt

After a short rehearsal time, the Brandenburg Youth Orchestra, conducted with precision and attention to detail by Amy Andersson, passed this trial with flying colors. From the Overture, which was nuanced and refined, to the dramatic character throughout . . .[it was] charming and youthfully spirited.  Neues Deutschland

Amy Andersson leads the production of “Cosi Fan Tutte” She has guest conducted many years with great success in German Opera Houses, including Stadttheatre Aachen.  Markische Allgemine Zeitung

The homogeneous character of the Rheinsberg opera work was again supported vigorously by the Berlin-Brandenburg Youth Orchestra. The young conductor, Amy Andersson, rehearsed energetically with the instrumentalists and made the sensitively accompanying ensembles, such as the trio ‘Soave sia il vento’ in the first act, the high point of the evening.  Der Tagesspiegel

The musical production was provided by the young American, Amy Andersson, who conducted the Berlin-Brandenburg Youth Opera Orchestra, a unique orchestra of young musicians aged 14 to 28. What the young people lacked in experience was compensated by commitment and passion.  l’Opera

It is simply wonderful to observe and experience how thoroughly the conductor Amy Andersson has worked with and prepared the Brandenburg Youth Orchestra.Chemnitz Presse

Audience Reactions

“You can judge the impact of a concert or an art performance when you hear a large part of the audience crying and sobbing around you, overwhelmed by emotions. I was definitely crying as well during some intense moments at Women Warriors. This art performance has been masterfully created and flawlessly executed by Amy Andersson.” Pierre Gervois, Producer and Host of The Face of America series

“Moving, powerful, and downright (I kid you not!) spiritual, the Women Warriors: The Voices of Change concert at Lincoln Center was one of the most invigorating live performances I’ve attended in years. As a concert alone – a live musical compendium of styles from around the world running the gamut from sublime to powerful, it would have been more than worth it. As a dazzlingly complex (exquisitely timed to the smallest musical note) multimedia presentation, *that* alone was a brilliantly conceived and executed feat of both technical and artistic beauty which could have carried the evening in and of itself. And as an historical documentation of how historically a “woman’s place” is in changing that place for the betterment of all on a global scale, … I was floored. WOMEN WARRIORS brought before me the names of a few world movers and shakers of whom this history lover was never ever even aware. Each of those facets of producer / conductor Amy Andersson’s stunningly realized creation were moving masterpieces in and of themselves. But combined they created an energy in the auditorium which was alive and palpable. My God – one hell of an evening!” Craig Ellis Jamison, Producer/Co-host The MOVIE SNEAK Podcast

“Loved the Women Warriors concert last Friday at Alice Tully Hall. The entire production, from the excellent music to the superb performances, and the artistic and professional flow of the show—with so many different performers, electronic visuals, imaginative orchestrations, terrific musicians and singers—and wonderful conducting (!)—was a triumph of biblical proportions! Congratulations! Most of all, the music and the message was inspiring!” Paul Chihara, Film Composer

“Wonderful performance. It is obvious that the orchestra members have a great love and respect for their conductor. She was brilliant. They sounded fantastic.” Philadelphia, PA

WOW, the conductor was exquisite! There was magic in the finesse of her hands, she got every ounce out of the symphony and was professionally playful with the audience!” Los Angeles, CA