Michael Daugherty is one of the ten most performed living American composers. He first came to attention in 1994 when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performed his Metropolis Symphony at Carnegie Hall. In 2011, the Nashville Symphony’s recording of his Metropolis Symphony and Deus ex Machina won three Grammy Awards, including Best Classical Contemporary Composition.
Daugherty’s awards include a Fulbright Fellowship, the Kennedy Center Friedheim Award, the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among others. Daugherty has been named “Outstanding Classical Composer” at the Detroit Music Awards three times.
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Daugherty studied music composition at the University of North Texas, the Manhattan School of Music, and Yale University. He also collaborated with jazz arranger Gil Evans, and pursued studies with composer György Ligeti in Germany.
Daugherty has been Composer-in-Residence with numerous orchestras and festivals, including the Louisville Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Henry Mancini Summer Institute, and many others.
Daugherty’s music can be heard on Albany, Argo, Delos, Equilibrium, Klavier, Naxos and Nonesuch labels. In 2011, Naxos released Daugherty’s Route 66, with Marin Alsop conducting the Bournemouth Symphony.
Daugherty taught composition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music before joining the School of Music at the University of Michigan, where he is currently Professor of Composition.