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Lauren Radnofsky


Lauren Radnofsky is the 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 distinguishing itself as an ensemble of exceptional versatility with a range of activities that includes over 350 performances, ten recordings, and numerous premieres since 2008. She has produced and managed 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’s Tiny Desk Concerts, and the Bang on a Can Marathon.

As a cellist with Signal, Radnofsky has worked with composers including 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 Signal in the world premiere of Steve Reich’s Reich/Richter 129 times as part of The Shed’s Reich Richter Pärt project, the U.S. premieres of Reich’s Runner, and the world premieres of Hilda Paredes’ Señales (dedicated to Ensemble Signal & Irvine Arditti) and Luca Francesconi’s Trauma Etudes (dedicated to Radnofsky and Brad Lubman). Upcoming premieres with Signal include a new work by Darian Donovan Thomas for ensemble and electronics and the U.S. 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 performing Pression for solo cello (Mode); Gordon/Lang/ Wolfe’s Shelter (Cantaloupe); and Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians (harmonia mundi), which received a Diapason d’or and appeared on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Charts.

Radnofsky is on the faculty at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute at Mass MoCA.