Michael  Gandolfi

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.
Osvaldo   Golijov

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

John Harbison

Composition Program Coordinator

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.
Joan  Tower

Joan Tower

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