Chris Lastovicka : About

Chris Lastovicka - Philmont, NY - Summit MillChris Lastovicka designs music dealing primarily with psychological and metaphysical subjects. Most of her music can be loosely categorized as neo-post-minimalism or mystic minimalism.

An excerpt from her opera Crossing the Horizon was performed by New York City Opera at their VOX: Showcasing American Composers festival; the opera was also a finalist in OperaVista’s international chamber opera competition (Houston). She is the winner of the inaugural Melodia Women’s Choir (NYC) Commission Competition. Her music has been performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, Merce Cunningham Studio, and in Spoleto, Italy. She composed the original score for Robin Becker Dance’s Into Sunlight, a work about the Vietnam War that has enjoyed performances throughout the country.

Lastovicka released her first album of chamber music Fortune Has Turned and her opera Crossing the Horizon on the Ahari Press label. Her Láska for oboe d’amore and harpsichord is released on Classic Concert Records (Austria).

Eastman Women's Chorus conductor Philip Silvey and Chris Lastovicka. Rehearsal of premiere performance of Ryan Songs, Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music, April 17, 2015.

Chris Lastovicka with conductor Philip Silvey during the rehearsal of the premiere of “Ryan Songs” at the Eastman School of Music. April, 2015.

Lastovicka is the recipient of a Presser Award, a Hatz Award, a CAP Award from New Music USA, and grants from NYSCA and NYFA. At age 14, she became the youngest winner in the history of Chicago’s Gruenstein Memorial National Organ Competition. At 15, she won the Otto B. Schoepfle National Organ Competition.

Chris Lastovicka studied composition as a teenager at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts with Samuel Adler; she continued her studies with Adler through correspondence. During college she studied composition primarily with Frederick Bianchi. She also studied with Joel Hoffman, and Allen Sapp, and organ with Roberta Gary. After college, she studied orchestration with Dominick Argento.

Chris Lastovicka attended the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music on full scholarship and graduated summa cum laude. She was raised in Hartsville, SC. She lives in Philmont, NY with her spouse, Robin. Currently, Lastovicka is working on the production of two recordings: Death of a Lonely Woman (Hyoungjin Kim, piano) and Láska (Daniel Moody, countertenor); and a new work for piano and chamber orchestra for the Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra.

photos of Chris Lastovicka by Victor Milin

Fortune Has Turned announces a distinct and alert voice…there is no denying Lastovicka’s skill or potential…there is a real sense of power and refined craft. ” –FANFARE MAGAZINE

“Lastovicka’s Crossing the Horizon…both thrills and entrances.” –HOUSTON CHRONICLE’s Heavy ARTillery

Fortune Has Turned is formidable stuff, dark and tempestuous — both terrifying and beautiful.” –CHRONOGRAM MAGAZINE

“[Incantations and Inspirations] ends on a wonderful note with Chris Lastovicka’s Láska, a piece with a wonderful melodic quality…” –FANFARE MAGAZINE

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