MARGARET BROUWER (b 1940 )
The award-winning composer Margaret Brouwer has earned critical accolades for her music’s lyricism, musical imagery and emotional power. Brouwer is continually in demand for new works, and recent commissions have come from the Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, American Pianists Association, CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, and the American Composer’s Orchestra. Other performances of her works have included the Seattle Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Tanglewood and Cabrillo Music Festivals and in venues including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Severance Hall and more. Recent performances include the premières of Caution Ahead – Guard Rail Out, commissioned and performed by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Arild Remmereit conducting; Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, commissioned and performed by the Dallas Symphony, Ellen Rose, solo violist; and Path at Sunrise, Masses of Flowers commissioned and performed by the Cleveland Women’s Symphony. Brouwer was a composer-in-residence at the 2011 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music where Marin Alsop led the festival orchestra in a performance of Brouwer’s Pulse. Prelude and Toccata for solo piano was commissioned by the American Pianists Association for the final round of APA’s 2013 Classical Fellowship Awards competition.
Brouwer is professor emeritus at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she served as head of the composition department from 1996 to 2008. She is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards including Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2006), Guggenheim Fellowship (2004), Meet The Composer Commissioning/USA award (2010), and Ohio Council for the Arts Individual Fellowship (2005). Residencies include those at the MacDowell Colony, Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. In addition to Naxos, recordings of Margaret Brouwer’s music can be found on New World, CRI, Crystal and Centaur labels.