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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and Juilliard faculty member, John Corigliano, has been awarded the School's 2009 William Schuman Scholars Chair, which is presented annually to a faculty artist and educator who has made significant contributions both to the intellectual and artistic life of the Juilliard community. Established in 1998, previous recipients have included Milton Babbitt, Paul Jacobs, the Juilliard String Quartet, Jerome Lowenthal, Lionel Party, Fred Sherry and tenor Robert White.
As holder of the 2009 William Schuman Scholars Chair, Mr. Corigliano presents two FREE lectures during 2009. Conjurer: The Evolution of a Percussion Concerto from Drawings to Notes to Sound on Wednesday, April 22 at 10 AM in Juilliard's Paul Hall (155 West 65th Street) will be a discussion of Mr. Corigliano's new percussion concerto, entitled Conjurer. A recording of the work, which has not yet been released commercially, will be played. His second lecture, A Composer's Path, will take place in the fall (date tba), and Mr. Corigliano will talk about his life as a composer and open up the session to questions from the audience about his multi-faceted career and the different aspects that go into making a living as a composer.
Both lectures are FREE and open to the public. For more information on The Juilliard School and other upcoming events, call (212) 769-7406 or visit www.juilliard.edu.
American composer John Corigliano, a member of Juilliard's composition faculty, continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last forty years. His numerous scores - including three symphonies and eight concerti among more than one hundred chamber, vocal, choral, and orchestral works - have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world. Recent scores have included Conjurer (2008) for percussion and string orchestra, commissioned for and introduced by Dame Evelyn Glennie; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: The Red Violin (2005), developed from the themes of the score to the François Girard film of the same name, which won Mr. Corigliano an Oscar in 1999; Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (2000) for orchestra and amplified soprano, the recording of which was nominated for the Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition in 2008; Symphony No. 3: Circus Maximus (2004), scored simultaneously for wind orchestra and a multitude of wind ensembles; and Symphony No. 2 (2001: Pulitzer Prize in Music).
Other important works by Mr. Corgiliano include String Quartet (1995: Grammy Award, Best Contemporary Composition); Symphony No. 1 (1991: Grawemeyer Award); the opera The Ghost of Versailles (Metropolitan Opera commission, 1991); and the Clarinet Concerto (1977).
In addition to being a member of the faculty at Juilliard, Mr. Corigliano holds the position of distinguished professor of music at Lehman College, City University of New York, which has established a scholarship in his name. G. Schirmer Inc. publishes Mr. Corigliano's music.
The William Schuman Scholars Chair, endowed by Juilliard trustee Kenneth S. Davidson and his wife, flutist and educator Marya Martin, was created in 1998 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Literature and Materials of Music Department at Juilliard. The Department was created by then Juilliard President William Schuman to help students discover the connections between analysis and performance of music.