Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for his Second Concerto for Orchestra, Stucky's notable recent premieres include Symphony (2012) by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Stars and the Roses (2012) by the Berkeley Symphony, Say Thou Dost Love Me (2012) by the New York Virtuoso Singers, Take Him, Earth (2012) at the American Choral Directors Association conference, Silent Spring (2011) by the Pittsburgh Symphony, Chamber Concerto (2010) by the St. 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 commission, was nominated for the 2013 Grammy Award for best contemporary classical composition. In the 2013-14 season, the Washington Choral Society presented the East Coast premiere of Take Him, Earth; Bernard Haitink and the Boston Symphony played Stucky's take on Purcell's Funeral Music for Queen Mary (1992) in Boston and at Carnegie Hall; and the Ojai Music Festival will premiere his first opera, The Classical Style. For more than 20 years, Stucky 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. His 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, U.C. Berkeley, Temple, and, since 1980, Cornell University, where he has served as the Given Foundation Professor of Music.
Stucky will join the composition faculty in the 2014-15 school year.