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Elliott Carter

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Elliot Carter


Elliott Carter (11 December 1908, New York City - 5 November 2012, New York) was an American composer.

Carter grew up in an affluent family and spent time with Charles Ives as a teenager, even receiving a letter of recommendation from the older composer in order to attend college. Carter studied at Harvard University with Walter Piston, Edward Burlingame Hill and Gustav Holst, and at the Ecole Normale de Musique with Nadia Boulanger.

Faculty positions he has held include St. John’s College in Annapolis (1939-43), the Peabody Conservatory (1946-48), Columbia University (1948-50), Queens College (1955-56), Yale University (1960-62), Cornell University (1967), and The Juilliard School (1964-84). Among the honors he has received are two Pulitzer Prizes (1960, 1973), the Sibelius Medal (1961), and the Gold Medal of the National Institute for Arts and Letters (1971).

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