Cygnus Ensemble Presents
Samuel Beckett
Laura Kaminsky composer
September 16 (3pm matinee), 21, & 22 ---Responding to Catastrophe
Laura Kaminsky photo

Laura Kaminsky is a composer with “an ear for the new and interesting” (The New York Times) whose works are “colorful and harmonically sharp-edged” (The New York Times) and whose “musical language is compounded of hymns, blues, and gestures not unlike those of Shostakovich” (inTune). Social and political themes are common in her work, as is an abiding respect for and connection to the natural world. The visual is made manifest in sound, with color and image often serving as the underlying inspiration.

Kaminsky has received commissions, fellowships, and awards as both a composer and presenter from: the National Endowment for the Arts, Koussevitzky Music Foundation, 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, Seattle Arts Commission, North Carolina Council on the Arts, PONCHO, Jordan Foundation, Jack Straw Productions, Virgil Thomson Foundation, Allen Foundation, King County Arts Commission, Serage Foundation, and Meet the Composer, among others. She has received four ASCAP-Chamber Music America Awards for Adventuresome Programming as well as a citation from the Office of the President of the Borough of Manhattan and is the recipient of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage 2010 Chopin Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Legacy of the Great Composer. She has been a fellow at artists' communities including the Hermitage Artist Retreat Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Centrum Foundation, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, and the Millay Colony for the Arts.

She is Artistic Director of Symphony Space in New York City. From 2004-2008, she served as dean of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College/SUNY, where she is currently professor of music and faculty-at-large for the School of the Arts.

A native New Yorker, Kaminsky graduated from LaGuardia High School of Music and Arts, received her bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Oberlin College, and her master's degree from the City College of New York/CUNY, where she was a Tuch Foundation Fellow.