John Corigliano's scores, now numbering over one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, five Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world.
Recent scores include One Sweet Morning (2011), a four-movement song cycle premiered by the New York Philharmonic and Stephanie Blythe; 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 film of the same name, which won Corigliano an Oscar in 1999; Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (2000) for orchestra and amplified soprano, the recording of which won a 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 scores include String Quartet (1995: Grammy Award, Best Contemporary Composition); Symphony No. 1 (1991: Grawemeyer Award); the opera The Ghosts of Versailles (Metropolitan Opera commission, 1991); and the Clarinet Concerto (1977). The Houston Symphony Orchestra commissioned Corigliano to create a new orchestral version of Stomp which premiered in fall 2015.
In 2015, the Los Angeles Opera received wide acclaim for their production of The Ghosts of Versailles, conducted by James Conlon, staged by Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjac, and starring Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, and Patti LuPone. A live recording of this performance was released in 2016 on Pentatone Music and won a Grammy for Best Opera Recording. In recent years, Corigliano's music has been featured in performances throughout the U.S. and Europe, as well as Caracas, Melbourne, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Toronto, and beyond. Corigliano serves on the composition faculty at The Juilliard School and holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York, which has established a scholarship in his name. His music is published exclusively by G. Schirmer, Inc.