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Augusta Read Thomas

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Thomas’ music, particularly her orchestral music, fairly explodes with an extroverted boldness of utterance audiences and musicians alike find challenging yet immediate. It’s music that doesn’t sound like anybody else’s — music that insists you pay attention.
Chicago Tribune

“...Thomas’ music from the outset [has] clarity of conception and precision of gesture (whether in the briefest of instrumental miniatures or in large-scale orchestral works), which act as the focus of her often intricate textures and iridescent harmonies – thereby ensuring that her work exudes an immediacy and a communicativeness whatever its degree of complexity and dissonance.”
Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone Magazine, September 2014
Key Works:
Career Highlights:
  • 2011 Appointed University Professor at the University of Chicago
  • 2008-09 Premieres by the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, Radio France and BBC Proms
  • 2008 Released the fifth self-produced recording on the composer's record label which includes Terpsichore's Dream
  • 2000 Awarded sponsorship prize by the Ernst von Siemens Foundation
  • 1997-2006 Composer-in-Residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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