Executive Director + co-Artistic Director
Lauren Radnofsky is cellist and co-Artistic/Executive director of Ensemble Signal. Under her direction, within the span of just three years, Signal has distinguished itself as an ensemble of exceptional versatility, its ambitious range of projects including over 40 concerts of contemporary music for ensemble, six recordings, and the commission and premieres of new works and arrangements by composers such as Steve Reich and Charles Wuorinen. In Radnofsky’s dual role as cellist and co-artistic/executive director, she manages all aspects of Signal’s varied season, including repertoire, program design, and project management; in addition to being a regular performer in the ensemble.
As a performer with Signal, Lauren has worked with composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Steve Reich, Oliver Knussen, Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe; appearing at the Tanglewood and Ojai Music Festivals, Carnegie Hall, The Guggenheim Museum, (le)Poisson Rouge, and the Bang on a Can Marathon.
Radnofsky’s recordings with Signal include - Philip Glass’ Glassworks and Music in Similar Motion (Glass’ Orange Mountain label); and Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Penelope (New Amsterdam Records). Upcoming releases include a CD/surround-sound DVD of music by Lachenmann, including Pression for solo cello, with the composer as soloist in Zwei Gefühle (Mode); Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe’s Shelter (Cantaloupe); and Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians and Double Sextet (Cantaloupe).
As a soloist, she has appeared with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra performing Kaija Saariaho's Amers, the Wordless Music Orchestra in Jonny Greenwood’s Doghouse for string trio and orchestra, and the American Composers Orchestra, performing Brad Lubman’s Fuzzy Logic for cello, electronics and ensemble. In chamber settings, Radnofsky has recently collaborated with violist/composer Garth Knox, formerly of the Arditti Quartet, in a series of duo concerts. Upcoming projects include collaborations with JACK Quartet, in music of Xenakis at Miller Theatre, and with Philip Glass Ensemble director and pianist Michael Riesman to perform scores including Glass’ The Hours.
Lauren attended the Walnut Hill School where she was a student of Benjamin Zander. She holds a BM and MM from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Steven Doane, with additional graduate studies completed at the Hochschule fur Kunste in Bremen, Germany, studying with Alexander Baillie. She also attended the Lucerne festival Academy, where she worked with Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain.