Bernofsky bio (short)

Lauren Bernofsky’s music has been performed across the United States as well as internationally in major venues from Carnegie Hall to Grieg Hall in Bergen, Norway. Her works are published by Theodore Presser, Alfred, Carl Fischer, Boosey & Hawkes, FJH, Hal Leonard, Grand Mesa, Balquhidder, and Fatrock Ink. She holds degrees from the Hartt School, New England Conservatory, and Boston University, where she earned a doctorate in composition. Her music can be heard on the Polarfonia, Emeritus, MSR Classics, Blue Griffin, Summit, and Albany labels.

She has taught at Boston University, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, The Peabody Institute, and Interlochen. She conducts at regional festivals and serves as a clinician at schools, festivals, and national conferences.

Bernofsky bio (medium)

Hailed by Lukas Foss as “a master composer,” Lauren Bernofsky has written well over a hundred works, including solo, chamber, and choral music, as well as larger-scale works for orchestra, film, musical, opera, and ballet. Her music has been performed across the United States as well as internationally in major venues from Carnegie Hall to Grieg Hall in Bergen, Norway.

She has over sixty works in print from Theodore Presser, Alfred, Carl Fischer, Boosey & Hawkes, FJH, Hal Leonard, Grand Mesa, Balquhidder, and Fatrock Ink. Her music is often heard at festivals and conferences, including Tanglewood, The Midwest Clinic, International Women’s Brass Conference, International Trombone Festival, American String Teachers Association Conference, and the International Trumpet Guild Conference.

Recordings of her music are available on the Polarfonia, Emeritus, Blue Griffin, MSR Classics, Summit, and Albany labels.

Her works have won the National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Competition, the Longfellow Chorus Award of Distinction, and an Excellence in Composition Award from the Brass Chamber Music Forum. Bernofsky has received grants from The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, The American Music Center, and The American Composers Forum. Her compositions have been commissioned by The Del Mar Trio, The Holyoke Civic Symphony, The Litchfield County Children's Choir, The South Shore Conservatory, Sinfonia Calcania of Boston, The Harford Ballet, Reimagining Opera for Kids, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, and many others.

Lauren Bernofsky holds degrees from the Hartt School, New England Conservatory, and Boston University, where she earned a doctorate in composition. She has taught at Boston University, The Peabody Institute, and Interlochen, and she regularly serves as a clinician and guest conductor at schools, universities, and regional festivals.

Bernofsky bio (long)

Hailed by Lukas Foss as “a master composer,” Lauren Bernofsky has written well over a hundred works, including solo, chamber, and choral music, as well as larger-scale works for orchestra, film, musical, opera, and ballet. With performances spanning the world, her music has been described as "a fantastic balance between the emotional and intellectual; technical and lyrical side of 21st Century composition."

Her Sonatine won the National Flute Association's Newly Published Music Competition, and her opera Mooch the Magnificent won the Opera Puppets Award at Boston Metro Opera. Bernofsky has received grants from The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, The American Music Center, and The American Composers Forum. Her compositions have been commissioned by The Del Mar Trio, The Bloomington Symphony, The Holyoke Civic Symphony, The South Shore Conservatory, Sinfonia Calcania of Boston, The Harford Ballet, Reimagining Opera for Kids, Voces Novae, and numerous other ensembles and soloists.

Her string quartet Anacostia Journal was featured on the PBS program “NOW with Bill Moyers,” and her Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra has been featured in the journal of the International Trumpet Guild and was the subject of a doctoral dissertation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As the winning entry of the Dalai Lama Composition Contest, Bernofsky’s choral work Prayer of Shantideva was premiered at a prayer service honoring the Dalai Lama of Tibet, who was in attendance and was said to be “enchanted” with the music.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in violin and composition from The Hartt School, a Master’s Degree in composition from the New England Conservatory, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition from Boston University. She has served on the faculties of the Peabody Institute and Interlochen Center for the Arts. She gives clinics and guest conducts at national and international festivals such as the Spanish Brass Alzira festival (Alzira, Spain) and the Spivey Hall Honors Chamber Orchestra in Atlanta.

Bernofsky strives to capture the unique expressive potential of each instrument, an approach that has made her work popular with performers looking for new works to showcase their abilities. Her philosophy of composition is simple: music should be a joy both to play and to hear.

Her music has been performed across the United States as well as internationally at concerts, festivals, and conferences. She is published by Boosey & Hawkes, Theodore Presser, FJH, Hal Leonard, Grand Mesa, Carl Fischer, Balquhidder, Fatrock Ink, and Alfred, and her music can be heard on the Albany, Polarfonia, Emeritus, Blue Griffin, Summit, and MSR Classics labels.








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