de Kenessey, Stefania


Stefania de Kenessey
PhD, Music Composition, Princeton University
Professor of Music, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

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Areas of Expertise:
Classical music composition

Stefania de Kenessey is a leading figure in the revival of neoclassicism. Fanfare described her most recent CD, Shades of Light, Shades of Dark, as “fully worthy to share a program or disc with the masterpieces by Mozart or Brahms.” Her music is played in Europe, Australia, Singapore, China, and throughout the United States. Ms. de Kenessey has been honored repeatedly for her works in genres ranging from chamber and vocal music to operas and symphonies. She has written concertos for virtuosos such as trumpeter Chris Gekker and flutist Elizabeth Mann and premiered with the Singapore Symphony, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Manhattan  Chamber Orchestra, and the Absolute Ensemble Orchestra.

Ms. de Kenessey's opera,The Bonfire of Vanities, an adaption of the 1987 Tom Wolfe novel of the same name, will premiere at El Museo de Barrio in October 2015.

Courses Taught:
  • Human Voice Through the Ages
  • The Politics of Music
  • Musical Aesthetics
  • The Language of Music
  • The Drama of Opera
Recent Publications:
Live performances:High Summer, song cycle for soprano and ensemble, premiered by Adina Aaron at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall; Cutting Loose, concerto for trumpet, premiered by Chris Gekker with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra; Manned Flight, concerto for flute, premiered by Elizabeth Mann with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra; Entrances and Departures, song cycle for mezzo-soprano and baritone with orchestra, premiered by Maria Zifchak and Daniel Mobbs with the North/South Chamber Orchestra

Recordings:Autumn Elegy, a 9/11 memorial song cycle with lyrics by Dana Gioia, released by baritone Christopheren Nomura on Center Stage Records

Radio and television:
evening broadcasts by David Garland on WNYC-FM; score for Art Under the Radar, a documentary broadcast on PBS stations throughout the country

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