Recently appointed Composer-in-Residence at American Opera Projects, Laura Kaminsky is a composer with “an ear for the new and interesting” (New York Times), whose 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)
Her chamber opera, As One, (co-librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed) received its world premiere at BAM in fall 2014 to critical acclaim. New works and performances include: an Oboe Concerto for the Orchestra of St. Luke's that received its world premiere at the Skirball Center with soloist John Snow, and is slated for a 2015 performance in Tokyo with soloist Matt Sullivan; a quartet (clarinet, violin, cello, and piano) for Ensemble Pi; and a Piano Quintet for Ursula Oppens and the Cassatt Quartet. Her Piano Concerto (Koussevitzky Award 2011) with Ursula Oppens, soloist, will be performed in North Carolina in spring 2015. A multi-media collaboration with the Fry Street Quartet, Dr. Rob Davies, artist Rebecca Allan, and photographer Garth Lenz, The Crossroads Project, has been touring the US since 2012.
Kaminsky has received support 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, Likhachev Foundation, Kenan Institute for the Arts, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission, North Carolina Arts Council, Meet the Composer, and others. She has received six ASCAP-Chamber Music America Awards for Adventurous Programming and the Polish Ministry of Culture National Heritage 2010 Chopin Award. Kaminsky serves on the national advisory council of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and on the board of directors of the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Florida. She is a professor in the School of the Arts at Purchase College/SUNY.