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Stanley Silverman

Born: 1938

Nationality: American

Publisher: G. Schirmer

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Stanley Silverman is an award-winning American composer, who has enjoyed several decades in both the classical and popular music worlds, as well as in theater and film.He has collaborated with well-known pop artists and musicians, such as James Taylor, Paul Simon, Elton John, and the British rock band Procul Harum. His classical compositions have been performed by Pierre Boulez and the New York Philharmonic, Richard Stolzman, Michael Tilson Thomas, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

As a winner of the Obie, Drama Desk, Naumburg, and Koussevitsky Foundation Awards, and both a Tony and Grammy Award Nominee, Silverman worked both on- and off-broadway with stage luminaries including playwrights Richard Foreman, Arthur Miller, Anthony Burgess, and directors Mike Nichols, Arthur Penn, Michael Langham and Dan Sullivan. Broadway credits include Ah, Wilderness! (1998), The Capeman (1998), Uncle Vanya (1995), The Government Inspector (1994), Timon of Athens (1993), Othello (1982), The Little Foxes (1981), Bent (1979), Stages (1978), Galileo (1967), The Alchemist (1966), and the 1976 Joseph Papp and Lincoln Center revival of Three Penny Opera (starring Raul Julia, directed by Richard Foreman). Off-broadway credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor (1994), Black Sea Follies (1986), The Golem (1984), Up From Paradise (1983), Coriolanus (1979), Julius Caesar (1979), Dr. Selavy's Magic Theatre (1972), and Ten Nights in a Baroom (1962). Not limited to the stage, Stanley Silverman's film scores include Nanook of the North (1975), Simon (1979), Eyewitness (1981), and I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can (1982).

Twice commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a receiver of two Guggenheim Fellowships, Stanley Silverman is also the winner of several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.Silverman's compositions have been featured at international festivals such as the Autumn Festivals of Paris and Madrid, the Stratford Festival of Canada, the RSC, the Royal Exchange, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, and the Delphi Festival of Greece.In 2004, Stanley Silverman was honored by the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education, where he served as a founding board member for over three decades.
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