Lauren Radnofsky

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Lauren Radnofsky is founding co-artistic/executive director and cellist of Ensemble Signal. In Radnofsky’s triple role, she is responsible for program curation, general management, and also serves as the main producer, in addition to being a regular performer in the ensemble. Under her leadership, she has overseen Signal distinguish itself as an ensemble of exceptional versatility, its range of activities including over 350 performances, ten recordings, and numerous premieres since 2008.

She has performed as cellist in addition to producing/managing projects for Ensemble Signal presented by venues and festivals including Lincoln Center Festival, Carnegie Hall, LA Phil/Walt Disney Concert Hall, BIG EARS, The Shed, Cal Performances, Washington Performing Arts, The Library of Congress, Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Ojai Music Festival, The Guggenheim Museum (NY), EMPAC, NPR Tiny Desk Concerts, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, and the Bang on a Can Marathon.

As a cellist with Signal, Radnofsky has worked with composers and artists including Irvine Arditti, Hans Abrahamsen, Unsuk Chin, Michael Gordon, Georg Friedrich Haas, Oliver Knussen, Helmut Lachenmann, David Lang, Hilda Paredes, Steve Reich, Kaija Saariaho and Julia Wolfe.

She has performed as cellist with Ensemble Signal in the world premiere of Steve Reich’s Reich/Richter, which she performed a marathon 129 times as part of the Shed’s Reich Richter Pärt project, featuring film and art by Gerhard Richter; the US premieres of Reich’s Runner, and the world premieres of Hilda Paredes’ Señales (dedicated to Ensemble Signal) and Luca Francesconi’s Trauma Etudes (dedicated to Lauren and Brad Lubman). Upcoming premieres with Ensemble Signal include a new work by Darian Donovan Thomas for ensemble and electronics and the US premiere of George Lewis’ Tales of The Traveler.

Radnofsky’s recordings with Signal include Glass’s Glassworks (Orange Mountain); music by Lachenmann, with the composer as soloist in“…Zwei Gefühle…” including Radnofsky performingPression for solo cello (Mode); Gordon/Lang/ Wolfe’s Shelter (Cantaloupe); and Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians (which received a Diapason d’or and appeared on the Billboard classical crossover charts) & Double Sextet/Radio Rewrite (harmonia mundi).

As Co-Artistic Director of Signal, Radnofsky regularly collaborates with cooperating presenting organizations, composers, and artists to design a unique array of projects, thereby bringing programs of new or rarely performed music to the public. Lauren loves working with people to build dream projects, closely collaborating throughout the process. Additionally, Radnofsky is on faculty at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute at Mass MoCa.