Paola Prestini
  • Female
  • San Francisco, CA
  • United States
Share on Facebook

Paola Prestini's Groups



Paola Prestini's Blog


Posted on February 9, 2012 at 7:00am 0 Comments

Hello dear friends! How are your works coming? I hope well! Don't forget to post images or sounds and timelines...

I am going to Italy today to finish my opera and will be posting pictures soon! I will also be recording some sounds.…


Tomorrow we Sing!

Posted on January 22, 2012 at 10:35pm 1 Comment

Hello friends! I am so excited to begin tomorrow. I've been thinking about the first "challenge". Please take a look at this page:…


Paola Prestini's Friends

  • Magos Herrera
  • Damon McToy
  • Pedro Porraz Cortes
  • Aarón Bonilla
  • Maximiliano Flores
  • Mario García Magos
  • Felipe Mayagoitia
  • Yuriy Lehki
  • Mehmet Tanis
  • Halle Fields
  • Aaron Velasquez
  • Hassan Steven Salazar
  • Naomi Ebouki

Paola Prestini's Page

Welcome! Join My Composing Project Group

Learn how to:

  • incorporate visual tools in songwriting
  • use multimedia approaches to form and content
  • integrate different vocal styles in song

Begins January 23 and continues for six-weeks.

Interact with me through three live chats and ongoing opportunities to receive feedback on your uploaded performances.

At the conclusion of the project, one student will be selected to have his or her work appear on a compilation album produced by Carnegie Hall and released online! The album, The Musical Exchange Songbook, features student work from each of the six online projects of the 2011-2012 season.

+ Join the Composing Project Group

Paola Prestini's Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

Paola Prestini's Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Profile Information

I am a:
Teacher, Teaching Artist, Carnegie Hall artist
My school is:
The Juilliard School
My style(s) of music:
I am interested in:
Film Scoring / Soundtracks, Multimedia Projects, Recording / Producing / Engineering, Composing / Arranging
My musical instrument(s):
Piano / keyboard instruments
My other musical interests, styles, and instruments are:
Paola Prestini’s music takes the listener on a journey through different life experiences, creating an aural and visual map of the different countries and cultures that have inspired her.These travels sonically reflect the impact that collective identities, cultures and values have when they meet and dissolve in a person whose artistic roots are the collective sum of many parts.

This culminates in a romantic vision told in the form of calls to prayers, spirituals, narrations, and electronic resonances that come together with visuals to create Prestini’s unique voice.
My favorite artists, influences, and inspirations are:
I am a composer, a producer, and a teacher. My influences range from Zorn (his music, his life) and Glass to Beethoven, Palestrina, and folk music. I have dedicated the past ten years to collaborating, and I have learned that collaboration can be an arduous process, and it is the balance of respecting people’s ideas, how to let certain ideas go, (and how to know which ones you will not let go) that allows you not to compromise your artistic integrity. Collaboration is an art in and of itself that can only be learned by doing it, making the necessary mistakes. My role in the process is my love of bringing disparate voices together, and seeing what emerges from the synergy. I continue to evolve because I see how different people ingest these new experiences—their rawness to the experience often enlightening certain parts of the collaborative process that were not clear to me before. Each artist’s passion for their ideas reminds me that redefining the boundaries in collaboration is a lifelong process and is absolutely connected to the project at hand, and that even in the hardest collaborative processes, ones identity is not lost, only rediscovered and reaffirmed.

Literature has played a huge role in my writing—it has always been my first collaborator; I love painting music on these canvases—the ideas on the page invite me to play and to think. It began with Neruda at a very young age, and now, I am actively reading the blogs of Yoani Sanchez, the biographies of Tina Modotti, Bomb magazine, and am discovering Stacey Richter.
More about me:
I am currently working with artists I greatly admire: violinist Cornelius Dufallo, cellist Maya Beiser, vocalist and performer Rinde Eckert, and filmmakers and visual artists Erika Harrsch, Ali Hossaini, and Carmen Kordas. Through my company, VisionIntoArt (VIA) I curate a biyearly series 21c Liederabend with Beth Morrison Projects and Opera on Tap; it was named “Best of 2009″ by TimeOut NY, and in 2011 will be at the Kitchen. VIA was founded with the belief that artists need to provide opportunities for other artists, and that the skills we had as composers could be translated into producing and directing talent. I believe strongly in creating artistic communities and fostering new art, and that money is best spent on talent, not ‘stuff’. The environment of a collective brings with it the freedom to explore and create without boundaries in a safe playground.

Comment Wall (24 comments)

You need to be a member of Carnegie Hall Musical Exchange to add comments!

At 5:54pm on February 10, 2013, Juliet Schlefer said…

Hi Paola! I just wanted to say how much I liked performing Aging Magician with the rest of BYC at Here. It was a lot of fun and I can't wait to sing the full version. 

At 9:54pm on June 12, 2012, Lorenzo Aizpuru Gutiérrez said…

hola paola estuve en una clase contigo en mexico cuando estuviste en el cedros en lo del ficup nada mas queria mandarte un saludo

At 11:39am on June 1, 2012, Jonathon Hampton said…

Hey Paola. Yuriy posted an updated version of his song, "Once You've Fallen", which you commented on a few months ago. Thought you might like to check out the new one.

At 7:21pm on March 28, 2012, Pedro Porraz Cortes said…
Thanks for the lessons 
Were can i find my song?
At 12:54pm on March 28, 2012, Felipe Mayagoitia said…

Thanks a lot Paola!

At 1:03pm on March 27, 2012, Felipe Mayagoitia said…

Hello Paola! I just wanted to say thank you for all your workshops, they were fantastic! I hope to see you on the next festival, I also wanted to ask you if you could send to my mail ( my body map.

Thanks for everything.

At 4:29pm on March 21, 2012, LUCAS LEDE CACERES said…

Hola Paola! veo que están en México. Bienvenidas!

Me gustaria conocer las actividades que están realizando.

¿Tienen planes para visitar el IEMS?

Este viernes de 1 a 3 p.m. los estudiantes presentan las siguientes exposiciones. Escogieron un tema musical del Romanticismo, impresionismo o S. XX, y realizaron una propuesta visual en diapositivas.

También en 2 grupos están comenzando a trabajar con el programa: Linux Multimedia Studio.

Si tienen tiempo, nos encantaria que nos visitaran, las puertas están abiertas.


At 8:04am on March 9, 2012, Sneh Ratna Choudhary said…

ma'am  i am sorry about not informing you that i'd be unable to attend the chat.actually the net connection in our school is turned off after 10.Though i was unable to chat with you i have learned quite a lot.thank you

At 12:11am on March 7, 2012, Yuriy Lehki said…

I just listened to the music you have up. Fimmene is beautiful. 

At 11:58pm on March 6, 2012, Yuriy Lehki said…

Hi, Ms. Paola, have you heard song yet?



Carnegie Hall created this Ning Network.

About Musical Exchange

Connect with other young musicians (ages 13 and up), share your performances and compositions, and join creative projects led by professional artists from Carnegie Hall.





 Proud Sponsor

Digital music workshops produced by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Building Beats are supported by the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in the New York Community Trust.


© 2017   Created by Carnegie Hall.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service