- J. Michele Edwards
(b Chicago, IL, Jan 2, 1970). American conductor. Growing up in a family that included three choral conductors, including her mother, Kamensek sought to conduct from age 11. She studied piano at Indiana University (BM 1991), playing in opera studios and in the string studios of Josef Gingold and Janos Starker, who offered career support. After she developed tendinitis in her arm from overuse, she studied conducting at Indiana U (MM 1996) with Imre Palló, Thomas Baldner, Jan Harrington, and Robert Porco. She first established herself in Europe. While assisting conductor Dennis Russell Davies (1991–6), she was involved in two recording projects: music by Philip Glass and a CD including works by Lou Harrison and Peggy Glanville-Hicks. She conducted two world premieres of music-theater pieces by Philip Glass: Orphée in her European debut at a Festival in Weikersheim, Germany, with the Jeunesses Musicales (...