He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan's School of Music in 1973, was named the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Composition in 1994, and retired in 2008 after 35 years. Bolcom won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1988 for 12 New Etudes for Piano, and his setting of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience on the Naxos label won four Grammy Awards in 2005.
As a pianist Bolcom has performed and recorded his own work frequently in collaboration with his wife and musical partner, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris. Cabaret songs, show tunes, and American popular songs of the 20th century have been their primary specialties in both concerts and recordings. Their 25th album, "Autumn Leaves," was released recently on White Pine Records.
Songs by WB + Graceful Ghost Rag
Lucy Schaufer, soprano; Huw Watkins, piano; Jennifer Langridge, cello
Bolcom: Piano Trio
A recital featuring the Fidelio Trio: Darragh Morgan, violin; Adi Tal, cello; and Mary Dullea, piano In works by Bolcom, Faure, and Schubert. With support from Culture Ireland.
The esteemed FIDELIO TRIO visits Salem in the second of our offerings of chamber music in historic contexts. For this very special event the Fidelio Trio presents a program of stunning beauty including Gabriel Fauré's Piano Trio in D minor Op. 120; the New England premiere of William Bolcom Piano Trio (2014) in celebration of the composer's 80th birthday year; and the sumptuous Piano Trio in B flat major D898 by Franz Schubert.