National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize, and Grammy Award-winner William Bolcom (born May 26, 1938) is an American composer of chamber, operatic, vocal, choral, cabaret, ragtime, and symphonic music.

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. 



Children illustrate "The Serpent's Kiss" 

We received a charming letter from Miss Brace’s primary class at Marimont Montessori School in Pflugerville, Texas with her children’s illustrations of The Serpent’s Kiss. Bill was named their “Composer of the Month” for February! Thanks to Asher, Ari, Sophia, Ingrid, Arra, and Ema for their letters.

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Grant Park Music Festival concludes with premiere for audience of 12,000 

From newmusicusa.org

William Bolcom’s exciting Grant Park Music Festival residency in Chicago concluded with the world premiere of his new orchestral piece written for the festival, Millennium: Concerto-Fantasia. The piece premiered to a packed Pritzker Pavilion, with an estimated 12,000 filling the Seating Bowl and Great Lawn. 

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ZOFO Duet Introduces Bolcom Premiere  

In five years of existence the dynamic piano duo ZOFO (“20-finger orchestra”) has racked up two Grammy nominations and a competition win. Perhaps more impressively, they’ve given 11 world premieres of commissioned works. They brought the latest of these, by William Bolcom, to Morrison Artists Series at SFSU on Sunday afternoon, while dazzling the audience in a program of contemporary works. 

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Paul Revere Rides … Again  

Bill was honored with the 2014 Music Publishers Association Paul Revere Award for Graphic Excellence, for his cover design for Evan Hause’s “Elephant Breath for Percussion Quartet,” published by E.B. Marks.

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Coming up...

Bolcom: Piano Trio

Salem Classical at Historic 10 Chestnut Street , 10 Chestnut Street , Salem, MA

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.


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