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. 




Coming up...


Bolcom: Why Was Cupid a Boy?

Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway, New York, NY

The New York Virtuoso Singers conducted by Harold Rosenbaum. To celebrate The New York Virtuoso Singers’ 25th anniversary 6 years ago, 25 composers were commissioned to write short pieces for them. Five of them, plus another by Katherine Hoover, will be performed tonight to celebrate all six of the composers’ 80th birthdays this year.


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