FORA.tv Speaker - Tobias Picker

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Biography

Tobias Picker called "our finest composer for the lyric stage" by The Wall Street Journal, is a composer of numerous works in every genre, drawing performances by the world's leading musicians, orchestras and opera houses. Picker began composing at the age of eight and studied at the Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School and Princeton University where his principal teachers were Charles Wuorinen, Elliott Carter and Milton Babbitt. His first commissions occurred while still in his late teens and he quickly became established as one of America's most sought-after young composers.

By the age of thirty, Picker was the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Bearns Prize (Columbia University), a Charles Ives Scholarship, and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. In 1992, he received the prestigious Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. From 1985-90, Picker was the first Composer-in-Residence of the Houston Symphony.

He has also served as Composer-in-Residence for such major international festivals as the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Pacific Music Festival.

1 Program

Contemporary New York Composers: A Performance

11.11.09 | 01:55:16 min | 0 comments