Born: March 22, 1943
Country: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Studies: American Conservatory (B.M.1964), Northwestern University (M.M.1966, D.M.A.1968)
Teachers: Bernard Dieter, Anthony Donato, Alan Stout
Known for his dramatic and unique style and as a gifted orchestral colorist, Joseph Schwantner is one of the most prominent American composers today. He received his musical and academic training at the Chicago Conservatory and Northwestern University and has served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, and the Yale School of Music, simultaneously establishing himself as a sought after composition instructor. Schwantner's compositional career has been marked by many awards, grants, and fellowships, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his orchestral composition Aftertones of Infinity and several Grammy nominations. Among his many commissions is his Percussion Concerto, which was commissioned for the 150th anniversary season of the New York Philharmonic and is one of the most performed concert works of the past decade. Schwantner is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
Schwantner's music is published exclusively by Schott Helicon Music Corporation and recorded on the RCA Red Seal/BMG, Hyperion, Naxos, Koch International Classics, EMI/Virgin, Sony, Delos, New World Records, Klavier and Innova labels. Schwantner's recent commissions include works for the 75th anniversary of the National Symphony Orchestra, eighth blackbird, Flute Force, a work for flute and piano to honor flutist, Sam Baron's memory and a Concerto for Percussion Section, Timpani and Orchestra for the Percussive Arts Society and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, for the Society's 50th anniversary.
Works for Percussion
Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra - Multiple Percussion, Orchestra
Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble - Multiple Percussion, Wind Ensemble
Concerto No.2 for Percussion Section, Timpani & Orchestra - Multiple Percussion, Timpani, Orchestra
Velocities - Marimba