RICHARD DANIELPOUR (b 1956 )
Award-winning composer Richard Danielpour has established himself as one of the most gifted and sought-after composers of his generation. His music has attracted an international and illustrious array of champions, and, as a devoted mentor and educator, he has also had a significant impact on the younger generation of composers. His list of commissions includes some of the most celebrated artists of our day including Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Dawn Upshaw, Emanuel Ax, Gil Shaham, Frederica von Stade, Thomas Hampson, Gary Graffman, Anthony McGill, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets, the New York City and Pacific Northwest Ballets, and institutions such as the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the chamber orchestras of Vienna and of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Orchestre National de France, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and many more.
With Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, Danielpour created Margaret Garner, his first opera, which premièred in 2005 and had a second production with New York City Opera. He has received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Fellowship, a Guggenheim Award, the Bearns Prize from Columbia University, two Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, and the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin.
He served on the composition faculty of Manhattan School of Music from 1993 to 2017. In the Fall of 2017, he became a fully tenured professor of music at the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA. He is also currently a member of the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music where he has taught since 1997.
Danielpour is one of the most recorded composers of his generation—many of his recordings can be found on the Naxos and Sony Classical labels. Danielpour’s music is published by Lean Kat Music and Associated Music Publishers.