Stefania de Kenessey is a leading figure in contemporary classical music: “Shades of Light, Shades of Dark”, a CD of her compositions, received rave reviews as “fully worthy to share a program or disc with the masterpieces by Mozart or Brahms” (Fanfare).
Honored repeatedly with awards from ASCAP, her music is performed nationally at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and throughout the world. Her output ranges from choral, vocal and operatic pieces to chamber and orchestral work, and scores for documentary films, theater and dance companies.
She has written concertos for such virtuosos as Chris Gekker and Elizabeth Mann; she has had premieres with the Singapore Symphony, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and the Absolute Ensemble, conducted by Kristjan Järvi.
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”.