Liza Figueroa Kravinsky
Liza Figueroa Kravinsky is the founder, composer, and artistic director of the GoGo Symphony, which performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Capital City Symphony, DC Strings orchestra, and at the Congressional Correspondents Dinner. Liza previously worked as a composer with Prince and toured as a keyboard player with Stacy Lattisaw. She is the winner of several awards, including an RIAA Platinum record, the Bronze Cindy Award, Telly, ITVA DC Best Take, Best Music for Feature at the Atlantic City Cinefest, and Docs In Progress Women In Docs awards. She is also the filmmaker of the documentary Beauty in the Eyes of the Beheld.
Kravinsky was born in Summit, New Jersey, the USA to Filipino immigrants. Her father Armando Borja Figueroa was a medical doctor. Liza’s mother, Elnora Teopaco Figueroa, was a pianist and the first woman violinist for the Marine Band White House Presidential Orchestra. She attended St. Stephens & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia; and Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio; where she studied music composition and theory. She is married to filmmaker and former ABC News video editor Michael Kravinsky.
Kravinsky composed and played keyboards for local pop, R&B, and go-go bands in the Washington DC area after she graduated from college. From 1988 to 1990, she toured with Motown recording artist Stacy Lattisaw; TRJ, a faction of go-go band Trouble Funk; and go-go band Pleasure. In 1991, she composed for, directed, and performed with Robin Power and the Uptown Dames, a Paisley Park project created by Prince.
In 1994, Kravinsky became an in-house composer at American Film and Video production company in Silver Spring, Maryland. While working in this company, she learned how to produce videos.
In 1996, Kravinsky co-founded Art Palette Productions, Inc., which produces videos, documentaries, and original music. She created Beauty in the Eyes of the BeheldShe has also composed scores for independent films and acted in television commercials and video productions.
In 1999, Kravinsky’s song “New Little Girl” appeared on the “Octaves Beyond Silence” compilation album, along with songs by Eve Ensler, The Indigo Girls, and Meshell Ndegeocello.
In 2012, she composed the Go-Go Symphony, an symphony that combines Washington DC’s go-go dance beats with classical, jazz, and funk genres. She founded the Go-Go Symphony ensemble to perform it and similar compositions by others. The group has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Capital City Symphony; at the Congressional Correspondents Dinner, the 9:30 Club, and many other festivals and venues to sold-out crowds and critical acclaim.
Contact Liza to discuss a potential artistic collaboration or performance inquiries regarding your orchestra Liza@gogosymphony.com