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William Bolcom


Composer/pianist William Bolcom has received the Pulitzer Prize in Music for 12 New Etudes for Piano, the National Medal of Arts, and a Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition [one of four awarded the recording of his setting of William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience, and was named Musical America’s Composer of the Year in 2007.  Bolcom’s compositions include symphonies, chamber music, concertos, operas, works for both brass and symphony bands, piano and organ works, and vocal and choral music, all widely performed and recorded by individuals and organizations all over the world. Recent premieres of his works include: The Hawthorn Tree, by mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle and members of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Romanza by violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Prometheus by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale, and pianist Jeffrey Biegel conducted by Carl St. Clair, Speedgetsem by the Brass Band of Battle Creek, First Symphony for Band by the University of Michigan Symphony Band, which it toured throughout China in May 2011, Lucrezia, a one-act comic opera, by New York Festival of Song, Eighth Symphony by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus conducted by James Levine, Canciones de Lorca by tenor Placido Domingo with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carl St. Clair for the opening of its new Hall in 2006. For over 35 years Bolcom has accompanied his wife, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris, on over two dozen recordings and in concerts of American popular songs as well as Cabaret Songs he composed for her with poet Arnold Weinstein, his collaborator for 45 years. Bolcom is retired from the University of Michigan where he taught composition from 1973-2008.

You can find out more about William Bolcom on his williambolcom.com.