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William Bolcom – Composer

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William Bolcolm - ComposerWILLIAM BOLCOM (b. 1938), winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in Music with his Twelve New Etudes for piano, has composed in virtually every instrumental and vocal genre from solo piano and songs to symphony and opera. A voracious eclectic, he has contributed substantially to the musical theater, cabaret, and modern ragtime repertoire, and, with his wife mezzo-soprano Joan Morris, been a performer-advocate of American popular song. He is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, several Grammy® Awards, honorary doctorates, two Guggenheim fellowships, was named Musical America's Composer of the Year, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has been commissioned by, among many others, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, MET Orchestra, Joyce Castle, Marilyn Horne, Benita Valente, Isaac Stern, Placido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, and James Galway. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he taught at the University of Michigan for 35 years until his retirement in 2008.

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