The BMI Foundation hosted a reception on March 22, 2018, at Broadcast Music, Inc.’s New York City headquarters honoring current and prior winners of the Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship, an award that pays full tuition for one City College of New York (CCNY) music student annually. Jasmin Klinger, a multi-instrumentalist musician, singer, composer and music producer, was chosen as this year’s recipient, and lauded alongside former winning composers Brian deNeeve (2016) and Winy Taveras (2014).
“The Buckstein Scholarship allowed me to pursue my studies in the US, and by extension, pursue my career in music,” said Klinger. “I have no doubt that without this scholarship I would not have been able to do so. This generous gift from Ms. Buckstein helped me to continue my development as a professional musician and saved my academic path.”
The Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship was endowed in 2007 by BMI Foundation Board Member, retired BMI Assistant Vice President and Counsel, and CCNY alumna Evelyn Buckstein. The program annually awards $6,000 to one or two gifted CCNY music students who aspire to careers as professional songwriters, composers, performers and/or music educators.
Klinger began composing music as a child and was fronting her first band by the age of 12. She has since appeared with numerous rock, blues and jazz ensembles across her native Israel, and in special performances in New York City – handling vocals as well as lead guitar, bass, piano, harmonica and flute.
At 15, Klinger began an apprenticeship at an independent recording studio and was soon producing and engineering albums for other musicians. She is credited as producer and guitarist for Billboard Music Award-winner Daniel Dworsky’s album “Stubborn Naiveté” and “Sunshine & Butterflies” for Israeli recording artist Mayaj.
She earned her first film credits when she was 19, producing and engineering the musical score for the feature documentary “State of Suspension,” by Benny Bruner. Later on, along with Dworsky, Klinger co-composed and recorded the music for Brunner’s “The Great Book Robbery” documentary film. Most recently, Klinger composed, recorded and mixed the score for “Almost Paris,” a feature film directed by Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
Listen to her score for Almost Paris below:
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