Two seasons ago, compositions by Steven Stucky were performed by such artists as Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert and the San Francisco Symphony, Ludovic Morlot and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Marin Alsop and the St. Louis Symphony.
Other highlights of recent seasons were world premieres of Stucky’s Spirit Voices, his percussion concerto for Evelyn Glennie, in Singapore; Jeu de timbres in Washington; and the Second Concerto for Orchestra in Los Angeles. Premiere’s three seasons ago included Emanuel Ax’s performance of the Sonate en forme de préludes at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Stucky’s own premiere of To Whom I Said Farewell – a song cycle with chamber orchestra – in Los Angeles.
Mr. Stucky’s compositions have been performed in recent years by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony, New World Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and others.
As an active teacher and mentor to young composers, Steven Stucky has sat on the Warsaw jury of the Witold Lutoslawski Competition for Composers. He is a world-renowned expert on the late composer’s music and the recipient of the Lutoslawski Society’s medal. He has participated in residencies at the American Academy in Rome, Princeton University’s Composition Colloquium, James Madison University, and Grinnell College.
Mr. Stucky frequently conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group and Ensemble X, a contemporary music group he founded in 1997. With the former, he led the US premiere of his recorder concerto, Etudes, with Michala Petri, and conducted world and regional premieres by many of his contemporaries, among them Donald Crockett, Jacob Druckman, William Kraft, Witold Lutoslawski, Christopher Rouse, Joseph Phibbs, and Judith Weir.
Steven Stucky was Composer in Residence of the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2001 and director of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble in 2005. There his interest in composers’ arrangements of each other’s works led him to direct a rare performance of Schoenberg’s arrangement of Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, originally written for Vienna’s fabled Society for Private Musical Performances. Mr. Stucky is Chairman of the Board of the American Music Center, and was the first annual Barr Institute Composer Laureate at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Among his other honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bogliasco Fellowship, the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the ASCAP Victor Herbert Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His first Concerto for Orchestra was one of two finalists for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Mr. Stucky has taught at Cornell University since 1980, chaired the Music Department from 1992 to 1997, and now serves as Given Foundation Professor of Composition. He has been Visiting Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music and Ernest Bloch Professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Stucky, born November 7, 1949, in Hutchinson, Kansas, was raised in Kansas and Texas. He studied at Baylor and Cornell Universities with Richard Willis, Robert Palmer, Karel Husa, and Burrill Phillips.