RICHARD DANIELPOUR (b 1956 )
Award-winning composer Richard Danielpour, one of the most gifted and sought-after composers of his generation, has attracted an impressive array of champions; his commissioners include such celebrated artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Dawn Upshaw, Emanuel Ax, Frederica von Stade, Thomas Hampson, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Gil Shaham, Sarah Chang, and Philippe Entremont; the Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets; the New York City and Pacific Northwest Ballets; the New York Philharmonic; The Philadelphia, the Vienna Chamber and the Stuttgart Radio orchestras; the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and National symphonies; Orchestre National de France; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; and many more. With Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison he created Margaret Garner, his first opera, which had a second production at New York City Opera. He has received the American Academy Charles Ives Fellowship, a Guggenheim Award, Bearns Prize from Columbia University, and numerous grants and residencies. A devoted mentor and educator who has had a significant impact on the younger generation of composers, he is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and Curtis Institute.