Composition

Michael Gandolfi

Composition Program Head; Director, Festival of Contemporary Music

Michael Gandolfi was born on July 5, 1956 in Melrose, Massachusetts. A self-taught guitarist, he started experimenting with rock and jazz improvisation at the age of eight.

Thomas Adès

Born in London in 1971, Thomas Adès studied piano and composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and read music at King’s College, Cambridge.

Osvaldo Golijov

Osvaldo Golijov grew up in an Eastern European Jewish household in La Plata, Argentina. Born to a piano teacher mother and physician father, Golijov was raised surrounded by classical chamber music, Jewish liturgical and klezmer music, and the new tango of Astor Piazzolla.

John Harbison

Composer John Harbison is among America's most prominent artistic figures. He has received numerous awards and distinctions, including three of the most prestigious: the MacArthur Foundation's "genius" award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities.

George Lewis

George E. Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University.

Marc Neikrug

MARC NEIKRUG is a unique and multi-faceted artist. A world-renowned composer whose works have been programmed by leading orchestras and opera houses, he is also an esteemed pianist who has performed duo recitals with Pinchas Zukerman for over 20 years. Neikrug has recently expanded his artistic activities even further, serving his third critically acclaimed season as Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Joan Tower

Joan Tower is widely regarded as one of the most important American composers living today.