Composer and Pianist, Kendall Durelle Briggs, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has been honored with numerous prizes including Charles Ives Prize from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and The Presser Award for his Concerto for Orchestra. His works are heard throughout the world including his most recent opera The Hypochonriac, based on Molière's Le Malade Imaginaire and his Magnificat for two soprano soli, chorus, orchestra premiered in Italy at L'Accademia del Teatro "Citta di Cagli"; Accademia Opera Festival. His catalog of works include: two operas, two ballets, three symphonies, concerto for orchestra, two string quartets, sonatas for flute, cello, viola, French horn, trumpet, and piano, six suites for solo cello and works for chorus, voice and various chamber ensembles. He is the author of two treatises on music: The Language and Materials of Music, a Treatise on Harmony and Tonal Counterpoint. He has also published “open score” editions of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Goldberg Variations, Three-part Inventions and Clavier Ubung III. Recordings of his works can be found on the Homens, Naxos, Bimperl labels.
He holds degrees from Pacific Lutheran University (BM) and The Juilliard School (MM, DMA) where he was a student of David Diamond and Charles Jones. He has been a member of the Juilliard College and Graduate faculty since 1994.