A native New Yorker, prolific composer Karen LeFrak’s works have been premiered and performed by leading ensembles and at prestigious venues around the world, including the Koch Theatre, Main and Primorsky stages of the Mariinsky Theatre of Saint Petersburg, Moscow Kremlin, New York Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Symphony Space, and National Sawdust of Brooklyn. Upcoming performances include Pavlovsk at the Mariinsky; Gloriosa, with the Gloriosa Trio on tour at East Coast venues, Adagio 2 at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York, and a performance of the ballet Windy Sand in Portugal.
LeFrak is also a director of the New York Philharmonic, where she not only chairs its Music Policy and Special Events Committee, but also serves on the Executive and Education Committees. She has served as an Archival Curator of New York Philharmonic exhibits, President of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy, Vice President of the Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center’s “Dream Team,” co-chairman of the American Kennel Club’s DOGNY project, and on the New York State Council on the Arts. She is an Honorary Board member of the Delta Society, an organization that certifies animals and handlers to perform animal-assisted therapy to medically fragile children and adults. With her dogs, she has provided therapy to the victims and families of 9/11, and for these efforts, she was awarded both the James Hammerstein and the New York Women’s Agenda Star Breakfast Awards.
LeFrak is also the author of three children’s books, the proceeds of which have been donated to the New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, the AKC Canine Health Foundation, and Take the Lead.