photo credits: CC-BY-3.0
country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: Columbia University
occupation: conductor, pianist, composer, musicologist, music pedagogue, university teacher
award received: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, MacArthur Fellows Program, Rome Prize, Pulitzer Prize for Music, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Charles Peter Wuorinen ( ; June 9, 1938 – March 11, 2020) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer of contemporary classical music based in New York City. He performed his works and other 20th-century music as pianist and conductor.
He composed more than 270 works, including works for orchestra, operas such as Brokeback Mountain, chamber music, as well as solo instrumental and vocal works. Salman Rushdie and Annie Proulx have collaborated with him. Wuorinen's work has been described as serialist, but he came to disparage that term as meaningless. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for Time's Encomium, his only purely electronic piece. Wuorinen was also an academic teacher at several institutions including Columbia University and Manhattan School of Music.
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