Photo: Annette Hornischer

Composer, Distinguished Professor of Composition, University of Southern California

Deutsche Bank Fellow - Class of Fall 2006


Stephen Hartke is widely recognized as one of the leading composers of his generation, whose work has been hailed for both its singularity of voice and the inclusive breadth of its inspiration. He is Distinguished Professor of Composition on the faculty of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Hartke has had commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Kansas City Symphony, the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Carnegie Hall and the Harvard Musical Association, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, eighth blackbird, Hilliard Ensemble, McKim Fund in the Library of Congress, Barlow Endowment, Chamber Music America, Fromm Foundation, the Institute for American Music at the Eastman School of Music, Meet The Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, among others. In addition to being awarded the 2006 Deutsche Bank Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin, he is also a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and in 2009, he was inducted as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Most of Hartke’s music is available on commercial CDs released by Bridge Records, Chandos, CRI, ECM New Series, EMI Classics, Naxos, and New World Records.