John Corigliano, Composer and Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College, was honored at the Lehman College Foundation’s 2014 Leadership Awards Dinner – A Celebration of Excellence – on October 29, 2014.
Professor Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last forty years. Corigliano’s scores, now numbering over one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, five Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world. His many celebrated scores include “One Sweet Morning” (2011) a four-movement song cycle; “Conjurer” (2008) for percussion and string orchestra; “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: The Red Violin” (2005), developed from the themes of the score to the film of the same name, which won Corigliano an Oscar in 1999; “Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan” (2000) the recording of which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition in 2008; and “Symphony No. 2” (2001) which garnered a Pulitzer Prize in Music. Other important scores include “String Quartet” (1995), Grammy Award, Best Contemporary Composition); “Symphony No. 1” (1991) Grawemeyer Award; the opera “The Ghosts of Versailles” (1991); and the “Clarinet Concerto” (1977). Corigliano’s music is performed widely on North American and international stages. In 2012 he traveled to Caracas, Shanghai, Tokyo, Krakow, Toronto and throughout the U.S. for performances of his music. In 2013 he celebrated his 75th birthday with celebrations at Carnegie Hall, Chicago, St. Paul and Caracas. Corigliano serves on the composition faculty at the Juilliard School of Music and holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York.
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