Eric Ewazen was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and is the recipient of numerous composition awards and prizes, including the BMI Award (1973), Louis Lane Prize (1974), Bernard Rodgers Award (1975), Howard Hanson Prize (1976), George Gershwin Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1977), Peter David Faith Prize (1978), Rodgers and Hammerstein Scholarship (1979), and the Marion Freschl Award (1980). He received a fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Festival and studied with Gunther Schuller. His works have been performed by the Juilliard Symphony, various chamber ensembles at Juilliard and the Eastman School of Music. Recent premieres of his orchestral and wind ensemble works have been given by the Charleston Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife in Spain, Orquesta Sinfonica Carlos Chavez in Mexico City, Orchestre de la Garde Republicaine in Paris, the Jeju Music Festival Wind Ensemble in Korea, and the Moment Musicale Orchestra of Taiwan. He has been a member of the board of directors of the International Society of Contemporary Music, United States section, N.Y.U., since 1983. He holds a BM from the Eastman School of Music, and MM and DMA degrees from Juilliard. He has been on the Juilliard faculty since 1982 and on the school’s Pre-College faculty since 1980.