WILLIAM BOLCOM (b 1938 )
Born in Seattle, Washington in 1938, William Bolcom now resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he taught at the University of Michigan for 35 years until his retirement in 2008. At age 11 he entered the University of Washington to study composition privately with John Verrall; later studies were with Darius Milhaud at Mills College and the Paris Conservatoire. He received a Master’s degree from Mills College and the first Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stanford University.
Recent honours include the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in Music; four GRAMMY® Awards (2005); the 2006 National Medal of Arts; two Guggenheim fellowships; six honorary doctorates; “2007 Composer of the Year” designation by Musical America and others.
Bolcom has received commissions from, among many others, the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the National Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, and the MET Orchestra.
He has written for Plácido Domingo, Isaac Stern, James Galway, Marilyn Horne, Joyce Castle, and Ursula Oppens, among many others. His extensive chamber commissions include works for Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, the Emerson and Guarneri Quartets, Pro Arte Quartet, and other groups.
Bolcom has composed nine symphonies, twelve string quartets, four operas, three theater operas, and one zarzuela. As a highly acclaimed solo pianist and concert artist with his wife, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris, Bolcom has recorded and performed widely. William Bolcom’s publisher is Edward B. Marks Music Company.