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Composer, Lehman College, City University of New York

American Academy Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2002

John Corigliano is Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College in the City University of New York.


In orchestral, chamber, opera, and film work, Corigliano has won global acclaim for his highly expressive and compelling compositions and his ever-expanding technique. His Sony Classical recording Phantasmagoria (2000). It features four musical fantasies Corigliano wrote for piano and cello, which are performed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianists Emanuel Ax and James Tocco.


In 1997, Corigliano completed the film score to the motion picture The Red Violin, directed by François Girard. The film, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Greta Scacchi, revolves around the 300-year history of a violin and the people whose lives it touches. The Sony Classical soundtrack was awarded Best Original Score at the Academy Awards and at the Genie Awards, while the film won awards for Best Picture and Best Director.
In 1991, Corigliano was awarded the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for his Symphony No. 1, which was inspired by the AIDS crisis. In 2001, he received the Pulitzer Prize for his Symphony No. 2. In 2011, Corigliano’s “One Sweet Morning” premiered at Avery Fisher Hall for the New York Philharmonic, a commission commemorating the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

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