MICHAEL DAUGHERTY (b 1954 )
GRAMMY® Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty first came to international attention when his Metropolis Symphony was performed by the Baltimore Symphony, conducted by David Zinman, at Carnegie Hall in 1994. Since that time, Daugherty’s music has entered the orchestral, band and chamber music repertoire and made him, according to the League of America Orchestras, one of the ten most performed American composers of concert music today. Born in 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Daugherty is the son of a dance-band drummer and the oldest of five brothers, all professional musicians. As a young man, Daugherty studied composition with many of the preeminent composers of the 20th century including Jacob Druckman, Earle Brown and Roger Reynolds at Yale, Pierre Boulez at IRCAM in Paris and György Ligeti in Hamburg. Daugherty was also an assistant to jazz arranger Gil Evans in New York from 1980–82. In 1991, Daugherty joined the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance (Ann Arbor, Michigan) as Professor of Composition, where he is a mentor to many of today’s most talented young composers. Daugherty is also a frequent guest of professional orchestras, festivals, universities and conservatories around the world. In 2011, the Nashville Symphony’s Naxos recording of Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony and Deus ex Machina was honored with three GRAMMY® Awards, including Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Naxos recordings of Daugherty’s orchestral music include UFO (8.559165) with the Colorado Symphony and Marin Alsop (1999); Fire and Blood (8.559372) with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Neemi Järvi (2005); Metropolis Symphony (8.559635) with the Nashville Symphony and Giancarlo Guerrero (2009); Route 66 (8.559613) with the Bournemouth Symphony and Marin Alsop (2010), Mount Rushmore (8.559749) with the Pacific Symphony and Carl St.Clair (2012), and Tales of Hemingway (8.559798) with the Nashville Symphony and Giancarlo Guerrero (2016). Daugherty’s music is published by Peermusic Classical, Boosey & Hawkes and Michael Daugherty Music.
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