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Purchase College Music Dean Awarded Commission for New Work for Violin and Piano

Date Released: 4/17/2008

Laura Kaminsky, composer and Dean of the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music, has been awarded a $10,000 commission from the Kenan Institute for the Arts to compose a 20-minute work for Violin and Piano for violinist Kevin Lawrence of the faculty of the North Carolina School of the Arts.

The piece will be premiered at the North Carolina School of the Arts in the fall of 2009, then performed later in other North Carolina venues, Vermont and a major summer music festival in New York City.

Laura Kaminsky’s works are frequently performed across the U.S. and abroad, including West Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America. She has been a guest composer at Boston Conservatory; Mannes College of Music; Sarah Lawrence College; Synthesis International Festival of New Music in Skopje, Macedonia; Sichuan Conservatory of Music, China; and Naregatsi Art Institute in Yerevan, Armenia, among others.

She has received commissions, fellowships and awards as a composer and presenter, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Aaron Copland Fund, and Chamber Music America, and others. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College, and her Master’s Degree in Music from the City College of New York.