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Aaron Jay Kernis

Publisher: G. Schirmer

With each new work and new recording, Kernis solidifies his position as the most important traditional-minded composer of his generation. Others may be exploring musical frontiers more restlessly, but no one else is writing music quite this vivid or powerfully direct.
The San Francisco Chronicle
Key Works:
Career Highlights:
  • 2009 World premieres of new works for the New York Philharmonic and the Seattle Symphony
  • 2002 Received Grawemeyer Award for Colored Field (cello and orchestra version)
  • 1998 Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music for String Quartet No. 2, 'musica instrumentalis'
  • 1998 Appointed New Music Advisor for the Minnesota Orchestra
  • 1983 First breakthrough when Dream of the Morning Sky was premiered by the New York Philharmonic