Marvin Hamlisch was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2005-2006 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as an artist with great versatility as well as substance. He has won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, and three Golden Globe awards. His groundbreaking show, A Chorus Line, received the Pulitzer Prize. He is the composer of more than 40 motion picture scores, including his Oscar-winning score and song for The Way We Were and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for The Sting. His prolific output of scores for films include original compositions and/or musical adaptations for Sophie’s Choice, Ordinary People,The Swimmer,Three Men and a Baby, Ice Castles,Take the Money and Run, Bananas and Save the Tiger.
Marvin Hamlisch is the first person to hold the position of Principal Pops Conductor with the National Symphony. He is also the Pops conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He was musical director and arranger of Barbra Streisand’s 1994 concert tour of the U.S. and England, as well as of the television special, Barbra Streisand:The Concert, and served in the same capacities for her Millennium concerts.
A graduate of both the Juilliard School and Queens College, Hamlisch believes that, “Music can make a difference. There is a global nature to music, which has the potential to bring all people together. Music is truly an international language, and I hope to contribute by widening communication as much as I can.”