Stefania de Kenessey is a leading figure in contemporary classical music.
Honored repeatedly with awards from ASCAP, her music is performed nationally at; venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as throughout the world. Her output ranges from choral, vocal and operatic pieces to chamber and orchestral work, as well as scores for documentary films, theater and dance companies. Active in the realm of opera, she has collaborated with Golden Fleece Chamber Opera as well as Underworld Productions: she recently completed a musical adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s best-selling novel “The Bonfire of the Vanities”Ms. de Kenessey currently serves on the board of the Martina Arroyo Foundation and the International Alliance for Women in Music.
She received her BA in music summa cum laude from Yale and her Ph.D. in composition from Princeton University, where she studied with Milton Babbitt.She is currently a professor of music at The New School and has served as the Dean of Eugene Lang College, its undergraduate division, as well as the Chair of the MA in Liberal Studies at the graduate level.