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

Grants & Awards

For Composing:

  • Opera America Commissioning Grant (for Today It Rains; Opera Parallele), 2017
  • Opera America Commissioning Grant (for Some Light Emerges; Houston Grand Opera), 2016
  • BRIO (Bronx Arts Council Artist Award), 2016
  • Camargo Foundation Fellowship (Cassis, France), 2016
  • Opera America Development Grant (for Today It Rains), 2015
  • 50 for 50 Arts Westchester Artist Award, 2015
  • Nominated for an American Academy of Arts and Letters Music Award, 2015
  • UUP Faculty Support Award, 2015
  • Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize (As One), 2014
  • National Endowment for the Arts (As One), 2014
  • Opera America Discovery Grant (As One), 2014
  • Purchase College Faculty Development Award, 2014
  • BRIO (Bronx Arts Council Artist Award), 2014
  • BAM/Kennedy Center DeVos Institute Fellowship Award (for As One), 2013
  • Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize (Rising Tide; Fry Street Quartet), 2013
  • New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship: Commission, 2013
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency Fellowship, 2012
  • Hermitage Artist Retreat Center Residency Fellowship, 2012-2014
  • Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize (Piano Concerto for Ursula Oppens and the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic), 2011
  • Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress Commissioning Award, 2011
  • Centrum Artist Residency Fellowship, Port Townsend, WA, 2011
  • Meet the Composer Met Life Creative Connections Residency Grant, 2011
  • Faculty Support Award, Purchase College, 2011
  • Seal Bay Chamber Music Festival Composer-in-Residence Fellowship, 2011
  • Meet the Composer Met Life Creative Connections Residency Grant, 2010
  • Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble Residency, Staten Island, NY, 2010-2011
  • Lucy Moses School of Music Chamber Music Commission, 2010-11
  • Dorland Mountain Artists Colony Residency Fellowship, 2010
  • New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artists Commission, 2010
  • Hermitage Artist Retreat Center Residency Fellowship, 2009-2011
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency Fellowship, 2009-2010
  • Copying Assistance Program Grant/American Music Center, 2009
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency Fellowship, 2009
  • Meet the Composer Met Life Creative Connections Residency Grant, 2009
  • Kenan Institute for the Arts Commission, 2009
  • Lucy Moses School of Music, Kaufmann Cultural Center and Women’s Work Music Co-Commission, 2008
  • Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize (“Terra Terribilis: Concerto for Three Percussionists and Orchestra”), 2008
  • Centrum Artist Residency Fellowship, Port Townsend, WA, 2008
  • Lucy Moses School of Music Chamber Music Commission, 2007-2008
  • Purchase College Professional Development Award, 2007
  • Centrum Artist Residency Fellowship, Port Townsend, WA, 2007
  • Lucy Moses School of Music Chamber Music Commission, 2006-2007
  • Purchase College Professional Development Award, 2007
  • Centrum Artist Residency Fellowship, Port Townsend, WA, 2007
  • Lucy Moses School of Music Chamber Music Commission, 2006-2007
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency Fellowship, 2006
  • CEC ArtsLink Projects Award, 2006
  • National Endowment for the Arts commission, 2005
  • North Carolina Arts Council Grant, 2004
  • Centrum Artist Residency Fellowship, Port Townsend, WA, 2004
  • Jordan Foundation Commissioning Grant, 2003
  • Icicle Creek Music Center Visiting Composer Residency, Leavenworth, WA, 2003
  • Cornish College of the Arts Professional Development Award, 1999-2004
  • Artist Trust GAP Grant, 2002
  • Jory Copying Assistance Program Grant/American Music Center, 2001
  • American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters: nominated for composer award (Joan Tower), 2001
  • Seattle Arts Commission Performing Artists Award, 2001
  • King County Arts Council Special Projects Grant [through Odeon String Quartet], 2001
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency Fellowship, 1999
  • Serage Foundation Artist Grant, 1998
  • National Endowment for the Arts Recording Grant [through Musicians Accord], 1995
  • Meet the Composer Grants, 1983-1997; 1999, 2000; 2002
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency Fellowship, 1992
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency Fellowship, 1991
  • National Flute Association, Finalist, Newly Published Works Competition, 1991
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency Fellowship, 1990
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency Fellowship, 1989
  • New York State Council on the Arts Recording Grant, 1987
  • Millay Colony for the Arts Residency Fellowship, 1986
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency Fellowship, 1985
  • Millay Colony for the Arts Residency Fellowship, 1984
  • American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters: nominated for composer award (Miriam Gideon), 1986
  • Panopticon/New York Women Composers Competition, 1986
  • Composers’ Forum: New Music/New Composers Competition, 1985
  • American Society for Jewish Music Competition, 1985
  • American Women Composers National Competition, 1984
  • Tuch Foundation Fellowship, 1978-80

For Presenting/Producing:

  • Polish Gold Cross of Merit (Zloty Krzyż Zasługi RP), awarded by the President of Poland for exemplary public service or humanitarian work, 2015
  • Virgil Thomson Foundation Grant to support “Virgil Thomson and Friends at the Chelsea Hotel,” 2014
  • ASCAP/Chamber Music America Adventurous Programming Award, 2013
  • Peter Jay Sharp Foundation Grant to support “Harlem Resonance Festival, 2013
  • AMEX Foundation Grant to produce “John Cage: How to Get Started,” 2012
  • Florence Gould Foundation Grant to support “Gertrude’s Paris” Festival, 2012
  • ASCAP/Chamber Music America Adventurous Programming Award, 2011
  • Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage 2010 Chopin Award
  • CEC ArtsLink Award to support Wall to Wall Behind the Wall: Music of the Soviet Era, 2010
  • Trust for Mutual Understanding Grant to support Wall to Wall Behind the Wall: Music of the Soviet Era, 2010
  • Likhachev/Russkiy Mir Foundation Cultural Fellowship to St. Petersburg, Russia, 2009
  • NEA American Masterpieces for “The 1939 Project: American Arts at a Turning Point” at Symphony Space, 2008-09
  • Wachovia Foundation for “Africa and the African Diaspora: Traditions, Revolutions and Innovations,” 2007-08
  • Mellon Foundation for “Africa and the African Diaspora: Traditions, Revolutions and Innovations” New York Festival and Symposum, 2007-2008
  • New York State Music Fund for “New Latin Music for New Audiences,” a part of “Africa and the African Diaspora: Traditions, Revolutions and Innovations,” 2006-2008
  • Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming as Artistic Director of the Cornish Music Series, 2003
  • Aaron Copland Fund for Music Supplemental Program Grants for “The Cornish Music Series” in 2003/04, 2002/03 and “Copland & Weill: A Centenary Celebration” in 2000
  • Aaron Copland Fund for Music Performing Ensembles Grants for Musicians Accord, 1990-2002
  • Jack Straw Productions Artist Support Grant as Director of Musicians Accord to record “The Brazil Project,” 2000
  • Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming as Artistic Director of The Town Hall, NYC, First Prize, 1991
  • Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming as Artistic Director of The Town Hall, NYC, First Prize, 1990
  • Citation from the Office of the Manhattan Borough President for Service to New York as Artistic Director of The Town Hall, 1989
  • Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming as Artistic Director of The Town Hall, Second Prize, 1989