About Chris Lastovicka

Two views of Chris Lastovicka's , from the abdomen up. Chris is wearing a brown suit, and their eyes are closed.

Chris Lastovicka designs music dealing primarily with psychological and metaphysical subjects. Most of Lastovicka’s music can be loosely categorized as mystic minimalism.

An excerpt from Lastovicka’s 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). Lastovicka’s music has been performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, Merce Cunningham Studio, and in Spoleto, Italy. Chris Lastovicka composed the original score for Robin Becker Dance’s Into Sunlight, a work about the Vietnam War that has enjoyed performances internationally.

Lastovicka is the recipient of a Presser Award, a Hatz Award in Composition, a CAP Award from New Music USA, and a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. At age 14, Lastovicka became the youngest winner in the history of Chicago’s Gruenstein Memorial National Organ Competition. At 15, Chris placed third in the Fort Wayne National Organ Competition; and at 16, Chris won Oberlin College’s single-year 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 and continued their studies with Adler through correspondence. During college Lastovicka studied composition primarily with Frederick Bianchi, and also with Joel Hoffman, and Allen Sapp; and organ with Roberta Gary. After college, Lastovicka studied orchestration with Dominick Argento.

Chris Lastovicka attended the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music on full scholarship and graduated summa cum laude.

Chris has written four works for treble choir, all of which have been performed by the Eastman Treble Chorus, conducted by Philip Silvey. Chris was an inaugural winner of the Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC commission competition.

Chris is working on a recording of compositions Láska and Rejection with Taisiya Pushkar, piano / Colleen Clark, drums / Henry Beal, double bass / Nêgah Santos, percussion / Bisan Toron, vocalist / Eric Bates, violin.

Top photo of Chris Lastovicka by Elena Skaya Photography, Hudson, NY.