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Steven Stucky

Given Foundation Professor of Composition
Emeritus Professor
D.M.A., Cornell University
311 Lincoln Hall


Composer Steven Stucky, whose Second Concerto for Orchestra earned him the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in music, has written commissioned works for many of the world’s great soloists and for the orchestras of Baltimore, the BBC, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Minnesota, New York, Philadelphia, Singapore, St. Louis, Washington (National), and many others. Recordings of Mr. Stucky’s works have won two Grammy awards, and he has been resident composer at Aspen, the American Academy in Rome, the Bogliasco Foundation in Liguria, and on countless college campuses. He was host of the New York Philharmonic’s “Hear & Now” new-music series from 2005 to 2009. Currently, he Vice-Chair of New Music USA and chair of the membership committee of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is a trustee of the American Academy in Rome, and serves on the music awards panel of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Mr. Stucky’s strongest affiliation has been with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was resident composer for 21 years. He oversaw the celebrated Green Umbrella concert series and formed a strong partnership with music director Esa-Pekka Salonen, with whom he still collaborates frequently. A much sought-after teacher, he has held posts at the Eastman School of Music and at UC Berkeley (Ernest Bloch Professor). An active conductor of his own and other modern works, in 1997 he founded the new-music group Ensemble X at Cornell University, where he has taught since 1980.

Recent seasons have included premieres by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music Northwest (Portland), Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and pianist Emanuel Ax. In May 2011, the Dallas Symphony revived his concert drama August 4, 1964, with performances in Dallas and at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The 2011-12 will see premieres by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music at Angel Fire, and performances by the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, and many others.. His current projects include new works for violinist Cho-Liang Lin, the New York, Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Mr. Stucky will give residencies and master classes this season at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University, Rice University, the Eastman School of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Swedish Collegium of Advanced Studies, the American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings, June in Buffalo, the Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute, the Thailand International Festival of Music Composition, and the Mizzou New Music Festival. For 2011-12, he is the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Composer of the Year, and he will be Composer-in-Residence with the Berkeley Symphony in 2012-13.

Photo: Hobermann Studio