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Steven Stucky

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Steven Stucky (born November 7, 1949) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer.

Stucky was born in Hutchinson, Kansas. At age 9, he moved with his family to Abilene, Texas, where, as a teenager, he studied music in the public schools and, privately, viola with Herbert Preston, conducting with Leo Scheer, and composition with Macon Sumerlin. He attended Baylor University and Cornell.[1][2] Stucky’s principal composition teachers were Richard Willis, Robert Palmer, and Karel Husa; his principal conducting teacher was Daniel Sternberg.

Stucky has written commissioned works for many of the major American orchestras, including Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Minnesota, Philadelphia, and St. Louis. He is Given Foundation Professor of Composition at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York; he was long associated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was resident composer 1988-2009 (the longest such affiliation in American orchestral history); and he was host of the New York Philharmonic’s Hear & Now series 2005-09. He has also taught at Eastman and Berkeley, the latter as Ernest Bloch Professor in 2003. At Cornell, he founded Ensemble X and led it for nine seasons, 1997-2006, while he also was the guiding force behind the celebrated Green Umbrella series in Los Angeles.

Stucky’s current and forthcoming projects include a work for the Pittsburgh Symphony (in honor of the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring) to be premièred under Manfred Honeck at Heinz Hall in February 2012

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