Michelle Kinney


Michelle Kinney, cellist, serves as Musician In Residence on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Dance Program. She holds a BA in cello performance, composition, and ethnomusicology/jazz studies from Northwestern University, and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University. Michelle is a grateful recipient of a 2014 McKnight Fellowship in Composition and a MRAC Next Step Fund Award. Her career has also been supported by the Bush Foundation, American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, and in 2013 a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Tour Grant for the cello/drum quartet Jelloslave. She performs with Twin Cities luminaries such as Nirmala Rajasekar, Prudence Johnson, Gao Hong, and with her husband, composer and guitarist Chris Cunningham in the “micro orchestra” Mississippi Peace. She also collaborates as a composer for dance and theater, notably with Kevin Kling and Michael Sommers, Time Track Productions, Stuart Pimsler Dance Theater, Black Label Movement, Laurie Van Weiren and Seattle’s Khambatta Dance. www.jelloslavemusic.com/band-member/michelle-kinney/