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Eric Ewazen


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Eric Ewazen (b. 1954, Cleveland, Ohio) (pronounced ee-WAY-zen, according to the composer; it is a shortened version of a Ukrainian name, Ewaszczyszen) is an American composer and teacher. Ewazen studied composition under Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, Warren Benson, and Eugene Kurtz at the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School (where he received numerous composition awards, prizes, and fellowships). He has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1980, and has been a lecturer for the New York Philharmonic’s Musical Encounters Series. He has also served on the faculties of the Hebrew Arts School and the Lincoln Center Institute. He served as Vice President of the League of Composers - International Society of Contemporary Music from 1982-1989, and was also composer-in-residence for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Ewazen’s compositions have been performed by numerous ensembles and orchestras around the world, such as the Cleveland Orchestra, and at festivals such as Woodstock, Tanglewood, Aspen, Caramoor, Tidewater, and the Music Academy of the West, among others.

His works have been commissioned and performed by organizations such as the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Greenwich Symphony, Fairfield Chamber Orchestra, American Brass Quintet, Borealis Wind Quintet, Bellevue Philharmonic, Detroit Chamber Winds, Western Piedmont Symphony, School for Strings, L’Amore di Musica, New York State Council on the Arts, the Philip-Morris Companies, Jerome Foundation, University of Arizona, University of Oklahoma

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