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(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 celebrated artists such as 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 Mariinsky and Vienna Chamber Orchestras, the Orchestre National de France, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and many more.

With Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, Danielpour created Margaret Garner, his first opera, which premiered in 2005 and had a second production with the New York City Opera.

He has received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Fellowship, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Joseph H. Bearns Prize from Columbia University, and fellowships and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Copland House, and the American Academies in Berlin and Rome. He served on the composition faculty of the Manhattan School of Music from 1993 to 2017.

Danielpour recently relocated to Los Angeles where he has accepted the position of professor of music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He is also a member of the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music where he has taught since 1997.

Danielpour has a vast discography, and 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.

For more information, visit www.Richard-Danielpour.com.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA (THE): Program 5: Relationships in Music / Program 6: The Living Art Form (G. Schwarz) (NTSC) Naxos
Classical Concert
Clarinet and String Quartet - DANIELPOUR, R. / KERNIS, A.J. / SCHICKELE, P. (Spring Forward) (Shifrin, Miró Quartet, Dover Quartet) Delos
Chamber Music
DANIELPOUR, R.: Ancient Voices Naxos
Choral - Sacred, Orchestral
DANIELPOUR, R.: Darkness in the Ancient Valley / Lacrimae Beati / A Woman's Life (Plitmann, Brown, Nashville Symphony, Guerrero) Naxos
Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral
DANIELPOUR, R.: Passion of Yeshua (The) [Oratorio] (UCLA Chamber Singers, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra, Falletta) Naxos
Choral - Sacred
DANIELPOUR, R.: Preludes, Books 1 and 2, "The Enchanted Garden" (Xiayin Wang) Naxos
DANIELPOUR, R.: Songs of Solitude / War Songs / Toward the Splendid City (Hampson, Nashville Symphony, Guerrero) Naxos
Orchestral, Vocal
DANIELPOUR, R.: String Quartets Nos. 5-7 (Plitmann, Delray String Quartet) Naxos
Chamber Music
DANIELPOUR, R.: Symphony No. 3, "Journey Without Distance" / First Light / The Awakened Heart (Esham, Seattle Symphony Chorale and Orchestra, Schwarz) Naxos
DANIELPOUR, R.: Talking to Aphrodite / Symphony for Strings / Kaddish (S. Shafer, M. Semyonov, Pravilov, Russian String Orchestra, Rachlevsky) Naxos
Vocal, Orchestral, Concerto
DANIELPOUR, R.: Toward a Season of Peace (Plitmann, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony, St. Clair) Naxos
Choral - Sacred
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF LIBERTY: Salute to the American Spirit Altissimo
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Violin Recital: Fain, Tim - PUTS, K. / GLASS, P. / KERNIS, A.J. / ZHURBIN, L. / DANIELPOUR, R. / BOLCOM, W. / HIGDON, J. (River of Light) Naxos
Chamber Music
Role: Lyricist 
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