Steven Stucky

From Wind Repertory Project
Steven Stucky


Composer Steven Stucky (7 November 1949, Hutchinson, Kans. – 14 February 2016, Ithaca, N.Y.) was an American composer.

Mr. Stucky received his degrees in music from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, studying composition with Richard Willis, Robert Palmer, Karel Husa, and Burrill Phillips. Stucky was a renowned expert on the music of Witold Lutosławski, and his book Lutoslawski and his music earned him the ASCAP Deems Taylor award in 1982. His many honors and awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2005, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his Second Concerto for Orchestra and received commissions from many notable organizations and major orchestras during his remarkable career, including the Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Baltimore Symphonies, the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, Boston Musica Viva, the Rascher Saxophone Quartet, and the Koussevitzky Foundation.

Steven Stucky was also active as a conductor, writer, lecturer and teacher. His relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic was the longest such association between an American orchestra and a composer. He was appointed Composer-in-Residence by André Previn in 1988, and served as Consulting Composer for New Music, in which capacity he worked closely with Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen on programs and commissions to enhance contemporary programming, award commissions, and develop educational programs for school children; and on programming for non-traditional audiences. He also hosted talks in the LAP’s “Green Umbrella” concert series with Marc-André Dalbavie and Leif Ove Andsnes, among others.

Mr. Stucky taught at Cornell University from 1980 to 2014, chairing the Music Department from 1992 to 1997, and served as Given Foundation Professor of Composition. He was a Visiting Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music, and Ernest Bloch Professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mr. Stucky’s extensive variety of works ranged from large-scale orchestral compositions to a cappella choral works, and included solo piano pieces, an eight-minute work for five percussionists, and chamber music for numerous combinations of instruments from piano quartet and string quartet to wind quintet, voice with piano, saxophone with piano, and many more.

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