In Memoriam: Dina Koston

VCCA is saddened to report the death of composer Dina Koston. VCCA composer and friend Anne LeBaron wanted us all to know that VCCA was a very important, very special place for Dina, who was in residence at VCCA 14 times between 1997 and 2007.  Throughout her career, Dina’s work was widely commissioned and performed in the United States and abroad. A entire concert of music by Dina Koston was performed December 11, 2005, in Zankel Hall, the new chamber hall of Carnegie Hall, as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Cygnus Ensemble. Dina and Leon Fleisher founded the Washington, D.C. Theater Chamber Players in 1968, named the first resident chamber ensemble of the Smithsonian Institution in 1973, and in 1978 named the resident chamber ensemble of the Kennedy Center.


Karen Bell said…
I'm so sorry to read this news. I have fond memories of Dina at the piano in the living room.
Todd Greene said…
It was a pleasure getting to know Dina. She was a big part of what made the VCCA a special place for me. She tapped in and stayed creative to the end of her life. I cannot think of a more encouraging example than that -- someone who forged ahead and remained true to her calling. She will be missed.

Todd Greene
VCCA 2004

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