Michael Daugherty first came to international attention when his Metropolis Symphony was performed by the Baltimore Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 1994. Since that time, Daugherty’s music has entered the orchestral, band and chamber music repertoire and made him, according to the League of American Orchestras, one of the ten most performed American composers of concert music in the world today.
Born in 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Daugherty is the son of a dance-band drummer and the oldest of five brothers, all professional musicians. Daugherty studied music composition at Yale University I.R.C.A.M. (Paris) and the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik. His composition teachers included Jacob Druckman, Roger Reynolds, Earle Brown and György Ligeti. Daugherty was also an assistant to jazz arranger to Gil Evans in New York from1980 to 1982). In 1991, Daugherty joined the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in Ann Arbor, Michigan as Professor of Composition, where he is a mentor to many of today’s most talented young composers. Daugherty is also a frequent guest of professional orchestras, festivals, universities and conservatories around the world.
In 2011, the Nashville Symphony’s Naxos recording of Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony and Deus ex Machina was honored with three GRAMMY® Awards, including Best Classical Contemporary Composition. His Naxos recordings of orchestral music include UFO, Colorado Symphony, Marin Alsop (1999); Fire and Blood, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neemi Järvi (2005); Metropolis Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Giancarlo Guerrero (2009); Route 66, Bournemouth Symphony, Marin Alsop (2010) and Mount Rushmore, Pacific Symphony, Carl St.Clair (2012).
Daugherty’s music is published by Peermusic Classical, Faber Music, Boosey and Hawkes and Michael Daugherty Music. For more information on Michael Daugherty, see www.michaeldaugherty.net and his publisher’s websites.
The Cabrillo Festival has presented 15 works by Michael Daugherty, including ten premieres. On Sunday, August 10, his recent work for solo violin and string orchestra, Fallingwater, will be performed at the Grand Finale concerts at Mission San Juan Bautista, featuring Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.