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Laura Kaminsky

Bronx, NY      

LAURA KAMINSKY is a composer with “an ear for the new and interesting” whose works are “colorful and harmonically sharp-edged” (The New York Times). Social and political themes are common in her work, as is an abiding respect for and connection to the natural world. American Record Guide (May/June 2013) asserts that her “music is full of fire as well as ice, written in an idiom that contrasts dissonance and violence with tonal beauty and meditative reflection. It is strong stuff.” Her recent opera, As One (co-librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed) was presented at BAM Fisher, and received unanimously positive reviews, including: “(As One) is a piece that haunts and challenges its audience with questions about identity, authenticity, compassion, and the human desire for self-love and peace.” (Opera News) and “Musically, Kaminsky’s dramatically charged music has a tonal ambiguity that allows each scene to go where it needs to, and in a clear dramatic trajectory….this seasoned, socially-aware composer admirably tends to subvert her exterior personality to whatever the piece at hand needs.”(Operavore)

Kaminsky has received commissions, fellowships, and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Opera America, New York State Council on the Arts, Aaron Copland Fund, Chamber Music America, American Music Center, USArtists International, CEC ArtsLink International Partnerships, Kenan Institute for the Arts, Artist Trust, and Meet the Composer, among others. She has received six ASCAP-Chamber Music America Awards for Adventuresome Programming and is the recipient of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage 2010 Chopin Award. She has been a fellow at artists’ communities including the Hermitage Artist Retreat Center (and currently serves on its board of directors), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Centrum Foundation, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is composer-in-residence at American Opera Projects and on the faculty at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College/SUNY. Her music is heard on the Albany,Bridge,  CRI, Capstone, Mode, and MSR labels.

She has been profiled at: http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/laura-kaminsky-every-place-has-a-story/ and was the subject of an article in the New York Times:  art-meets-environmental-activism-in-the-crossroads-project.html