JOHN CORIGLIANO, JR.
John Corigliano is among the most honoured composers in the United States. He was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his Symphony No 2, introduced in November 2000 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and subsequently heard in New York, Helsinki, Berlin, and Moscow. In March 2000, Corigliano’s third film score, for The Red Violin, was awarded the Academy Award (“Oscar.”) Corigliano’s Symphony No 1, an impassioned response to the AIDS crisis, captured the 1991 Grawemeyer Award for Best New Orchestral Composition; The Chicago Symphony’s recording of the piece won the GRAMMY® awards for both Best New Composition and Best Orchestral Performance, and it has been played by over 150 different orchestras worldwide.
A Distinguished Professor of Music at the City University of New York, Corigliano was named in 1991 both to the faculty of the Juilliard School and to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an organisation of American’s most prominent artists, sculptors, architects, writers, and composers: he is one of the few living composers to have a string quartet named after him.
Commissioned by The Metropolitan Opera, where it premièred in December 1991, Corigliano’s “grand opera buffa” The Ghosts of Versailles sold out two engagements at the Metropolitan (1991 and 1994) as well as its 1995 production at the Chicago Lyric Opera. The nationwide telecast of the Metropolitan’s première production was released on videocassette and laser-disc by Deutsche Grammophon. Following its première, The Ghosts of Versailles collected the Composition of the Year award from the first International Classic Music Awards. In April 1999, The Ghosts of Versailles received its European première, in a new production directed and designed for the opening of the new opera house in Hannover, Germany, and revived at the Met in the ’09–’10 season. Other works include 2004’s Circus Maximus: Symphony No 3, for multiple wind ensembles: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (‘The Red Violin’) released on compact disc by Sony in December 2007 with Marin Alsop leading soloist Joshua Bell and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the orchestral song cycle Mr Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan, recorded for Naxos in March 2007, with JoAnn Falletta leading soprano soloist Hila Plitmann and the Buffalo Philharmonic (Naxos 8.559331).
Corigliano’s catalogue includes three symphonies, seven concerti (for violin, flute, clarinet, oboe, guitar percussion, and piano), numerous shorter works for orchestra and an extensive catalogue of chamber works, which have been recorded on numerous major labels. His music is published exclusively by G. Schirmer, Inc.
For more information about John Corigliano, please visit his website at www.johncorigliano.com.
Role: Classical Artist