Laura Kaminsky, New York-based composer of contemporary chamber, vocal, and orchestral music, with social-political topics like environment and war

Laura Kaminsky

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Laura Kaminsky is a composer of opera, orchestra, chamber, vocal, and choral music with “an ear for the new and interesting” (New York Times). Recently cited in The Washington Post as “one of the top 35 female composers in classical music,” her scores often address current social and political issues such as sustainability, war, and human rights. 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.” (American Record Guide) She recently made waves with her opera As One (co-librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed), which premiered at BAM in 2014 and has since become one of the most frequently produced contemporary operas nationwide.

Two more collaborations with Campbell and Reed include Some Light Emerges for Houston Grand Opera and Today It Rains for Opera Parallèle and American Opera Projects. With Reed, she has been commissioned by a consortium led by Santa Fe Opera and San Francisco Opera to create a new opera inspired by the Postville immigration raid. Other commissions include a Piano Quintet for Ursula Oppens and the Cassatt String Quartet, and her seventh string quartet for the Fry Street Quartet. Head of composition at Purchase College Conservatory of Music/SUNY, she is composer-in-residence at American Opera Projects.

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