2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music Winners

Congratulations to the 2014 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Music, John Luther Adams, for his orchestral work Become Ocean, premiered by the Seattle Symphony last June.

The finalists this year, two operas, are John Adams’ (not related) The Gospel According to the Other Mary and Christopher Cerrone’s Invisible Cities.

Higdon’s Violin Concerto

Most composers are self-starters. It’s almost a genetic requirement to be entrepreneurial, if you want to be a composer. And if there were a patron saint for “indie” composers, Jennifer Higdon would be the one. It was no surprise, then, when I received a package from Lawdon Press (Higdon’s publishing shop) containing two items: a press kit (created by Deutsche Grammophon) for Hilary Hahn’s recording of Higdon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning concerto, and a letter signed by the composer, promoting her work.

Since hearing Higdon’s music years ago, I’ve been fond of her style and sound. This Violin Concerto is exciting, rich and colorful. Higdon relishes the lyrical and nimble qualities of Hahn’s playing.

I think you’ll come to like both Higdon and her music. Hahn’s performance of the concerto will air Tuesday at 1pm with Alan Brandt. Watch violinist and composer talk about the composing process below (click through for two more videos!).

2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Jennifer Higdon is the 2010 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in music for her Violin Concerto composed for Hilary Hahn. It was commissioned by The Indianapolis Symphony, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and The Curtis Institute of Music. Ms. Higdon is one of the most performed living American composers and won the 2010 GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for her Percussion Concerto. She is entirely self-published under the title Lawdon Press.

Edit: Read Higdon’s reflections on winning the Pulitzer here.