John Corigliano was invited as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2008-2009 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as one of today’s finest and most widely recognized American composers. Corigliano came to prominence in 1964 when his Sonata for Violin and Piano (1963) became the first and only winner in Italy’s Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds’ chamber music competition. Support from Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation quickly followed, as did important commissions.
Corigliano has received dozens of citations, doctorates, and other honors, including several Grammys, a Pulitzer Prize for his Symphony No. 2 (2001), a Grawemeyer for his Symphony No. 1 (1991), and an Academy Award for his score to Francois Girard’s 1997 film The Red Violin. Often called the most important symphonist of his era, he has written three symphonies, but is also active as a creator of chamber music with works such as Phantasmagoria (2000), for cello, piano and orchestra; Fancy on a Bach Air (1996) for solo cello; the unique Chiaroscuro (1997), for two pianos tuned a quarter-tone apart; and many more. Last year, while he was the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Composer of the Year, the symphony performed the World premiere of his Percussion Concerto, commissioned by six international orchestras for Evelyn Glennie. Corigliano serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School of Music and Lehman College, City University of New York, which recently established a composition scholarship in his name. His music is published exclusively by G. Schirmer.