Steven Stucky Wins Pulitzer Prize

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Steven Stucky


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Second Concerto for Orchestra

Commissioned for the inaugural season of Walt Disney Concert Hall and premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen.


Steven Stucky has been recognized with a Pulitzer Prize for his Second Concerto for Orchestra. The work was premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in March 2004 under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen.

The salutation is for “distinguished musical composition of significant dimension by an American that has had its first performance in the United States during the year.” The award is accompanied by a $10,000 cash prize.

Born in 1949, Stucky has long been associated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he currently serves as Consulting Composer for New Music. He also sits on the faculty of Cornell University. He is published by Theodore Presser. As a conductor, Stucky appears frequently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group and with Ensemble X, a contemporary music group he founded in 1997.

Pulitzer Winners from the Last Decade

2005: Second Concerto for Orchestra Steven Stucky
2004: Tempest Fantasy Paul Moravec
2003: On the Transmigration of Souls John Adams
2002: Ice Field Henry Brant
2001: Symphony No. 2 for String Orchestra John Corigliano
2000: Life is a Dream, opera in three acts: Act II, Concert Version Lewis Spratlan
1999: Concerto for Flute, Strings, and Percussion Melinda Wagner
1998: String Quartet No. 2, Musica Instrumentalis Aaron Jay Kernis
1997: Blood on the Fields (Oratorio) Wynton Marsalis
1996: Lilacs for soprano and orchestra George Walker
1995: Stringmusic Morton Gould

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Dialogues by Elliott Carter (Boosey & Hawkes), premiered June 7, 2004, by the Chicago Contemporary Music Ensemble in Chicago, and You Are (Variations) by Steve Reich (Boosey & Hawkes), premiered October 23, 2004, by the Los Angeles Master Chorale at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

The complete roster of 89th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board, was announced this afternoon by Columbia University.

The nominating jurors in the music category were previous Pulitzer recipients Gunther Schuller and Christopher Rouse, as well as composer and pianist Muhal Richard Abrams, critic Mark Swed, and music director David Zinman.

The presentation of the awards will be made at a luncheon on May 23, 2005 at Columbia University.