Jennifer Higdon

Composer Jennifer Higdon, a major figure in contemporary classical music, is one of America’s most frequently performed composers. Her works represent a range of genres, including orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and wind ensemble music.

Higdon received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto.  She has also received awards from the Serge Koussevitzky Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, and ASCAP.

Higdon’s commissioners include The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony, The Atlanta Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Minnesota Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony, The Indianapolis Symphony, The Dallas Symphony, the Tokyo String Quartet and the President’s Own Marine Band.

Higdon has been a Featured Composer at festivals including Tanglewood, Vail, Cabrillo, Grand Teton, Norfolk, and Winnipeg. She has served as Composer-in-Residence with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Fort Worth Symphony. In 2012-13, she will be Creative Director for the Cincinnati Symphony’s Boundless Series and Composer-in-Residence with the Arkansas Symphony.

Higdon’s works have been recorded extensively, and her Percussion Concerto won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in January, 2010.  Her CDs Higdon: Concerto for Orchestra/City Scape, Strange Imaginary Animals, and Transmigration have also won Grammys.
Higdon currently holds the Milton L. Rock Chair in Composition Studies at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Her music is published by Lawdon Press.


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