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Meet Luis Diaz: A Young Flutist to Watch

Luis Diaz began playing recorder as a 4th grader at his elementary school in Washington Heights. He showed a natural talent as a wind player, and soon won a scholarship to study the flute with Valerie Holmes at Kaufman Music Center. He was ultimately admitted into the Center’s Special Music School. Luis says: “There’s no way my parents would hav…

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Interview with Ecstatic Music Festival Artists Bent Knee

The 6 musicians of Bent Knee have come together to create a sound that is part rock band, part chamber ensemble, part new-music machine. Since 2009, their ever-evolving music has taken over the hearts of fans across the globe. Lucky for us, they’ve agreed to share some thoughts about their music, their process, and their work for the Ecstatic Music Festival. Get your…

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Joshua Bell Announces Our Year of Thanks to Lydia Kontos

Dear Friends, As the proud parent of children studying at Kaufman Music Center, I am writing today to ask you to join me in saying “thank you” to an extraordinary woman.  Lydia Kontos, Executive Director of Kaufman Music Center, will be retiring this year after nearly 40 years of service. Lydia is a remarkable leader, who has guided the growth of Lucy Mos…

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PHOTOS: Kronos Quartet Partners with Face the Music Youth New Music Ensemble

On Mon, Feb 5, 2018, the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet joined Kaufman Music Center’s youth new music ensemble Face the Music to perform new works at the Ecstatic Music Festival. The two ensembles performed separately and together at Merkin Concert Hall. This concert was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Eugene M. Lang Foundation, and was dedicated to Euge…

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Composer & Luna Lab Founder Missy Mazzoli Featured in Washington Post

Read the full article. Learn more about the Luna Lab mentorship program for young women composers.   Read the full article.

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Assurant Issues Challenge Match for Lucy Moses School Play-a-thon

We are thrilled to announce that the Assurant Foundation, one of Kaufman Music Center’s generous corporate partners, has issued a challenge match for the Lucy Moses School Play-a-thon. The first $10,000 raised by parents, families and students will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Lucy Moses School proudly offers scholarships to more than a hundred students every year,…

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Snow Closure Update - Fri, Jan 5

Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School and Lucy Moses School are OPEN on Friday, January 5. Visit the NYC Department of Education web site. Merkin Concert Hall and the Kaufman Music Center offices are OPEN.

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Student & Faculty News - Winter 2018

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 Kaufman Music Center Concerto Competition!   Simon Hagopian-Rogers, violin Special Music School, student of Christina Khimm Julia Jones, violin Lucy Moses School, student of Viktor Basis Jonah Kernis, cello Young Artist Program, student of Yari Bond Laura Navasardian, cello Special Music School, student of Clara Kim Henry Ta…

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Young Virtuoso to Watch: Gabo Lewis, Viola

A Q&A with Violist Gabo Lewis, a Senior at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School High School and Member of Face the Music   Gabo Lewis began his musical career as a toddler banging on pots and pans and took up the violin at age 4. A native of Burlington, VT, he first heard about Kaufman Music Center’s youth new music ensemble Face the Music at a…

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