The first composer to win the American Academy in Berlin Prize Laura Schwendinger was born in Mexico and is a professor at UW-Madison. Her music has been performed by leading artists of our time—including Dawn Upshaw (the Arditti and JACK quartets, Jennifer Koh, The International Contemporary Ensemble, Janine Jansen, Eighth Blackbird, New Juilliard Players, Trinity Choir, American Composers Orchestra and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Hungary—and at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Times Center, Symphony Space, BargeMusic, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Theatre du Chatalet, the Tanglewood, Aspen and Ojai Music Festivals. Honors include those from the Guggenheim, Koussevitzky and Fromm Foundations, Radcliffe Institute, Copland House, Harvard Musical Association, Chamber Music America, the MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the 1995 ALEA III Competition. Accolades in the press include: "hidden gems," (UK Guardian); “evinced an acute sonic imagination and sure command of craft” (Chicago Tribune); “darkly attractive, artful and moving…it evinced an acute sonic imagination and sure command of craft” (New York Times); and “This was shrewd composing, the genuine article. Onto the ‘season's best’ list it goes” (Boston Globe). Albany released her newest CD in 2013.