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 Orchestra, 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 American 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 pre-eminent composers of the 20th century including Jacob Druckman, Earle Brown, Bernard Rands 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 during 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.
Naxos recordings of Daugherty’s orchestral music include UFO (Colorado Symphony, Marin Alsop, 1999) (8.559165), Fire and Blood (Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi, 2005) (8.559372), Metropolis Symphony (Nashville Symphony, Giancarlo Guerrero, 2009) (8.559635), Route 66 (Bournemouth Symphony, Marin Alsop, 2010) (8.559613), Mount Rushmore (Pacific Symphony, Carl St.Clair, 2012) (8.559749), and Tales of Hemingway (Nashville Symphony, Giancarlo Guerrero, 2016) (8.559798).
The Nashville Symphony recordings have received six GRAMMY® Awards including Best Classical Contemporary Composition in 2011 for Daugherty’s piano concerto Deus ex Machina (8.559635) and in 2017 for Daugherty’s cello concerto Tales of Hemingway. Daugherty’s music is published by Peermusic Classical/Faber Music, Boosey & Hawkes and Michael Daugherty Music.