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Lewis Spratlan, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Music, 2000, is a widely performed and much honored composer. A native of Miami, he studied with Mel Powell and Gunther Schuller at Yale and has taught and conducted at Tanglewood, The Yale Summer School of Music and Art, and Amherst College, where he has been on the faculty since 1970. His music has been performed in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Pittsburgh, Miami, London, Moscow, Montreal, Toronto, and, perhaps, most significantly, Boston, where he has received commissions and premieres from the Boston Musica Viva, Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble, soprano Karol Bennett, and pianist John McDonald.
He is the recipient of Guggenheim, NEA, Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and MacDowell Fellowships. His opera Life is a Dream (G. Schirmer) won a top prize in the Rockefeller Foundation-New England Conservatory Opera Competition and
Apollo and Daphne Variations
won the New England Composers Orchestra Competition for readings of new works.
Lewis Spratlan's works are recorded on the Opus One and Gasparo Labels.
Vocalise with Duck
will be released by CRI in 2002 and Sequitur will release an "All-Spratlan" CD in 2003. Mr. Spratlan is currently developing a chamber opera with librettist Constance Congdon for the San Francisco Opera, which is tentatively scheduled to premiere in spring 2004.