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. Mr. Corigliano’s numerous scores – including three symphonies and eight concerti among over 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.
Recent scores include Conjurer (2008), for percussion and string orchestra, commissioned for and introduced by Dame Evelyn Glennie; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: The Red Violin (2005), developed from the themes of the score to the François Girard’s film of the same name, which won Mr. Corigliano the Academy Award in 1999; Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (2000) for orchestra and amplified soprano, the recording of which won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Composition in 2008; Symphony No. 3: Circus Maximus (2004), scored simultaneously for wind orchestra and a multitude of wind ensembles; and Symphony No. 2 (2001), which won the Pulitzer Prize in Music. Other important scores include his String Quartet (1995: Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Composition); Symphony No. 1 (1991: Grawemeyerand Grammy Awards); 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, Mr. 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 Biographies established a scholarship in his name. He and his partner, the composerlibrettist Mark Adamo, divide their time between Manhattan and Kent Cliffs, New York.