Artist: Steven Stucky

Steven Stucky is one of America’s most highly regarded and frequently performed living composers. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for his Second Concerto for Orchestra, he is a trustee of the American Academy in Rome, a director of New Music USA, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also active as a conductor, writer, lecturer, and teacher.

This season, the Princeton Singers perform the world premiere of Winter Stars; the Pittsburgh Symphony plays Silent Spring at Carolina Performing Arts in Chapel Hill, NC; Gloria Cheng premieres his Piano Sonata in Los Angeles’s “Piano Spheres” series; and, at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, New York-based orchestral collective The Knights gives the New York premiere of The Classical Style, Stucky’s operatic debut; composed to a libretto by MacArthur Fellow Jeremy Denk, it premiered at the 2014 Ojai Music Festival. Other notable recent premieres include Violin Sonata (2013), performed by Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin and pianist Jon Kimura Parker at La Jolla SummerFest; Symphony (2012) by the Los Angeles Philharmonic; The Stars and the Roses (2012) by the Berkeley Symphony; Take Him, Earth (2012) at the American Choral Directors Association conference; the Chamber Concerto (2010) by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Silent Spring (2011) by the Pittsburgh Symphony; and Rhapsodies (2008) by the New York Philharmonic at London’s BBC Proms. Stucky’s August 4, 1964 (2007-08), a Dallas Symphony commission, was nominated for the 2013 Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition.” For more than 20 years, Stucky served as resident composer and new music advisor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and from 2005 to 2009 he was host of the New York Philharmonic’s “Hear and Now” series. His Cradle Songs and Whispers were commissioned and recorded by Chanticleer. The two discs were Billboard-charting bestsellers, and both won Grammy Awards.

Stucky is permanently employed as Composer-in-Residence of the Aspen Music Festival and School. 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. Stucky taught at Cornell University from 1980 to 2014, chairing the Music Department from 1992 to 1997, and now serves as Cornell’s Given Foundation Professor of Composition, Emeritus. He has been Visiting Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music and Temple University, and Ernest Bloch Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Stucky joined the faculty of the Juilliard School in 2014.

Steven Stucky Photo copyright 2005 Hoebermann Studio
Hutchinson, KS

New York, NY

August 4, 1964Music for Wind Ensemble


American Academy in Rome

Cornell University

Los Angeles Philharmonic

New Music USA

American Music Center

American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Composer of the Year, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 2011/12 season

Pulitzer Prize for Music for Second Concerto for Orchestra


Cornell University

Baylor University



In Memoriam – Steven Stucky

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Steven Stucky was a great composer. He was also an indefatigable educator and champion of new music. We will miss him dearly. The following is an interview he granted us for our inaugural issue, about the business and craft of composing.



The Composer’s Way

21CM Q&A with Composers 2

Iconic composers Derek Bermel, Gabriel Kahane, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Stucky, and Augusta Read Thomas talked with 21CM about their creative process, the glorious advantages and limitations of technology, and how being a composer has changed with the times, and remarkably stayed the same.