Chris Lastovicka designs music dealing primarily with psychological and metaphysical subjects. Most of Lastovicka’s music can be loosely categorized as mystic minimalism.
An excerpt from Lastovicka’s opera Crossing the Horizon was performed by New York City Opera at their VOX: Showcasing American Composers festival; the opera was also a finalist in OperaVista’s international chamber opera competition (Houston). Lastovicka’s music has been performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, Merce Cunningham Studio, and in Spoleto, Italy. Chris Lastovicka composed the original score for Robin Becker Dance’s Into Sunlight, a work about the Vietnam War that has enjoyed performances internationally.
Chris Lastovicka released their first album of chamber music Fortune Has Turned in 2005 on the Ahari Press label. Lastovicka’s Láska for oboe d’amore and harpsichord is released on Classic Concert Records (Austria). Lastovicka released Fortune Has Turned (Remixed) with mix engineer Jeremy Allom in 2019 on the Ahari Press label.
Lastovicka is the recipient of a Presser Award, a Hatz Award, a CAP Award from New Music USA, and grants from NYSCA and NYFA. Lastovicka is the winner of the inaugural Melodia Women’s Choir (NYC) Commission Competition. At age 14, Lastovicka became the youngest winner in the history of Chicago’s Gruenstein Memorial National Organ Competition. At 15, Chris won the Otto B. Schoepfle National Organ Competition.