William E. Bolcom


William E. Bolcom

William Bolcom, the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Music, recipient of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for music, has received commissions from the Vienna Philharmonic (Salzburg Mozarteum), Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Berlin Domaine Musical, Koussevitsky Foundation, Saarlandischer Rundfunk, American Composers Orchestra, Saint Louis National and Pacific Symphonies, Lyric Opera of Chicago and many others. As piano soloist, accompanist (primarily to mezzo-soprano Joan Morris, his wife and a member of the Musical Theatre faculty) and composer, Mr. Bolcom is represented on recordings for Nonesuch, Deutsche Grammophone, RCA, CBS, MHS, Arabesque, Cala, Jazzology, Vox, Advance, CRI, Phillips, Laurel, First Edition, Newport Classics, Omega Vanguard, Argo, Koch Classics, Crystal, New World, Folkways, 1m1 and others. As writer about musical subjects, he is published by several music magazines, by Viking in a book about Eubie Blake (with Robert Kimball) and in articles in The New Grove Dictionary; his edition of essays by George Rochberg, The Aesthetics of Survival, was published by the University of Michigan Press. Recipient of fellowships and grants from numerous major foundations, Mr. Bolcom joined the faculty in 1973, was the 1977 recipient of the Henry Russel Award and was the 1997 Henry Russel Lecturer. He taught previously at the University of Washington, Queens and Brooklyn Colleges of the City University of New York, and at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. View from the Bridge, Bolcom's next Chicago Lyric Opera commission, will premiere in October 1999. Mr. Bolcom has been admitted to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and holds honorary doctorates from the San Francisco Conservatory and Albion College.

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