Steven Stucky

Steven Stucky is one of America’s most highly regarded and frequently performed living composers, and winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for his Second Concerto for Orchestra. Notable recent premieres include Symphony (2012) by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Silent Spring (2011) by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Concerto (2010) by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Rhapsodies(2008) by the New York Philharmonic at London’s BBC Proms.

Stucky’s August 4, 1964 (2007-08), a Dallas Symphony Orchestra commission, was nominated for the 2013 Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition.” The Choral Arts Society of Washington opens its 2013-14 season with the East Coast premiere of Take Him, Earth (2012). For the 2011-12 season, Stucky was the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Composer of the Year, and in 2012-13 he was the Berkeley Symphony’s Music Alive Composer-in-Residence.

For more than 20 years, he served as resident composer and new-music advisor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and from 2005 to 2009 he was host of the New York Philharmonic’s “Hear and Now” series. Stucky’s Cradle Songs and Whispers were commissioned and recorded by Chanticleer. The two discs were Billboard-charting bestsellers, and both won Grammy Awards. Stucky has taught at the Eastman School of Music, UC Berkeley, and, since 1980, Cornell University, where he serves as the Given Foundation Professor of Music.

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