With the "dazzling" success of the Metropolitan Opera premiere of The Ghosts of Versailles, and the capturing of the 1991 Grawemeyer Award -- music's Nobel Prize -- for his Symphony No. 1, John Corigliano has secured his position internationally among the leading composers of his generation.
Corigliano first came to prominence after winning the chamber music prize at the 1964 Spoleto Festival for his Sonata for Violin and Piano. Other important commissions have come from the New York Philharmonic (Clarinet Concerto, Fantasia on an Ostinato), Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (Poem in October), New York State Council on the Arts (Oboe Concerto), flutist James Galway (Pied Piper Fantasy), and the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Promenade Overture). Corigliano's music for the film "Altered States" received an Academy Award nomination. Recent premieres include Troubadours, a guitar concerto written for Sharon Isbin, with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Hugh Wolff; Fanfare for Double Brass Quintet, performed by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; To Music, a concert opener for the Cincinnati Symphony; Amen for a capella double choir; and a String Quartet for the Cleveland Quartet, which won the Grammy in 1997 for "Best Contemporary Classical Composition," thereby making Corigliano the first composer to win that award twice.
Born in New York on 16 February 1938, Corigliano comes from a musical family. His father was concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic from 1943 to 1966 and his mother is an accomplished pianist. Corigliano holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York and, in 1991, was named to the faculty of the Juilliard School. Also in 1991 he was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, an organization of 250 of America's most prominent artists, sculptors, architects, writers, and composers. In 1992, Musical America named him their first "Composer of the Year."
John Corigliano has received grants from Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation.