John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last forty years. His scores, now numbering over one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, five Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians throughout the world.
Recent scores include Rhymes for the Irreverent and no comet ever scratched the sky for baritone and piano (2017); One Sweet Morning (2011) premiered by the New York Philharmonic and Stephanie Blythe; Conjurer (2008) for percussion and string orchestra, commissioned by Dame Evelyn Glennie; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: The Red Violin (2005), developed from the themes of the score to the film of the same name, which won Corigliano an Oscar in 1999; Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (2000), the recording of which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition in 2008; and Symphony No. 2 (2001 Pulitzer Prize in Music). Other important scores include String Quartet (1995: Grammy Award, Best Contemporary Composition); Symphony No. 1 (1991: Grawemeyer Award); and the opera The Ghosts of Versailles (Metropolitan Opera commission, 1991). Los Angeles Opera’s 2015 production of The Ghosts of Versailles, directed by Darko Tresnjac with a stellar cast including Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman and Patti LuPone, earned 2016 Grammys for Opera Recording and Engineered Classical album.
Corigliano serves on the composition faculty at The Juilliard School of Music and holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York, which has established a scholarship in his name.
Cabrillo Festival has presented twelve of Corigliano’s orchestral works, including five West Coast premieres and the world premiere commission of Cabrillo Lullaby. In 2018, Cabrillo joins music organizations worldwide in celebrating his 80th birthday. He returns for the performance his Piano Concerto on the occasion of its 50th anniversary year, featuring Philip Edward Fisher, on Saturday, August 10, during Notes from a Journey.