John Corigliano

Credit: J Henry Fair

John 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 40 years. Corigliano’s numerous scores—including three symphonies and eight concerti among more than 100 chamber, vocal, choral, and orchestral works—have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world. Corigliano’s scores include Conjurer, commissioned for and introduced by Dame Evelyn Glennie; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: The Red Violin; Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan, the recording that won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition in 2008; Symphony No. 3: Circus Maximus, and Symphony No. 2 (Pulitzer Prize in Music-2001). Other important scores include String Quartet (Grammy Award, Best Contemporary Composition-1995); Symphony No. 1 (Grawemeyer and Grammy Awards-1991); the opera The Ghosts of Versailles (Metropolitan Opera commission-1991, International Classical Music Award-1992); and the Clarinet Concerto (1977).

One of the few living composers to have a string quartet named for him, 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, which has established a scholarship in his name. For the past 14 years he and his partner, the composer-librettist Mark Adamo, have divided their time between Manhattan and Kent Cliffs, New York.