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Yehudi Wyner

Born: 1929

Nationality: Canadian

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Photo © Michael Lovett

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Yehudi Wyner has created a diverse body of over 100 works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, chorus, solo performers, theater, and liturgical services. He has received commissions from Carnegie Hall, the Boston Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Library of Congress, Ford Foundation, Koussevitzky Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Fromm Foundation, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

His honors and awards include the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his Piano Concerto "Chiavi in mano" (2004), two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Brandeis Creative Arts Award, a 2005 Grammy Award for The Mirror (1972), the Rome Prize, and the Elise Stoeger Award from Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society for his lifetime contribution to chamber music. He is currently serving as President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and is also a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In addition to composing and teaching, Yehudi Wyner has performed as a solo pianist and chamber musician, directed two opera companies, and conducted numerous ensembles in a wide range of repertory. Keyboard artist of the Bach Aria Group since 1968, he has played and conducted many of the Bach cantatas, concertos, and motets.

He has taught at Yale, Harvard, Cornell, SUNY Purchase, Brandeis University, and the Tanglewood Music Center. He has been composer-in-residence at June in Buffalo, DePaul, Rice, Eastman, Vassar, Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Italy, Civitella Ranieri, and the American Academy in Rome.

Born in Western Canada, Yehudi Wyner grew up in New York City. His father, Lazar Weiner, was the preeminent composer of Yiddish Art Song as well as a notable creator of liturgical music for the modern synagogue. Trained early as a pianist and composer, Wyner studied at Juilliard, Yale and Harvard (teachers included Paul Hindemith and Walter Piston), and won the Rome Prize in Composition in 1953.

Recordings of his music are on Naxos, Bridge, New World Records, Albany Records, Pro Arte, CRI, 4Tay Records, and Columbia Records.

His music is published by Associated Music Publishers, Inc. He is married to conductor and former soprano Susan Davenny Wyner.
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