"There is no denying Lastovicka's skill and potential .... there is a real sense of power and refined craft."
Chris Lastovicka designs music dealing primarily with psychological and metaphysical subjects.
An excerpt from her opera Crossing the Horizon was performed by New York City Opera at their VOX 2007 festival; the opera
was also a finalist in Opera Vista's 2009 international
chamber opera competition (Houston). She is the winner of the inaugural Melodia Women's Choir (NYC) Commission Competition. Her music has been performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, Merce Cunningham Studio, and in Spoleto,
Italy. She composed the original score for Robin Becker Dance’s Into Sunlight, a work about the Vietnam War, and was commissioned by RBD to compose a work for the company’s 15-year anniversary.
Lastovicka released her first album of chamber music
Fortune Has Turned in 2005. Her Láska for oboe d'amore and harpsichord is released on Classic Concert Records (Austria).
Lastovicka is the recipient of a Presser Award, a Hatz Award, a CAP Award from American Music Center, and grants from NYSCA and NYFA. At age 14, she became the youngest winner in the history of Chicago's Gruenstein
Memorial National Organ Competition. At 15, she won the Otto B. Schoepfle National Organ Competition.
She studied composition with Samuel Adler, Frederick Bianchi, Joel Hoffman, and Allen Sapp; orchestration with Dominick Argento; and organ with Roberta Gary.
She attended the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music on full scholarship and graduated summa cum laude. She was raised in Hartsville, SC. She lives in Philmont, NY with her spouse, Robin.