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Joan Tower

Publisher: AMP

Joan Tower, a composer whose directness and eclecticism make her music instantly accessible, and whose imaginative sense of development — often by way of insistent but evolving rhythms and surprising juxtapositions — gives it an original, distinctive personality.
The New York Times
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Career Highlights:
  • 2020 Musical America's Composer of the Year
  • 2020 Chamber Music America's Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award Recipient
  • 2019 League of American Orchestras' Gold Baton
  • 2008 Nashville Symphony's recording of Made in America received three Grammy Awards, including "Best Classical Contemporary Composition"
  • 2005 First composer to be commissioned for the Ford Made In America Project, involving sixty-five orchestras throughout the United States
  • 1997 Composer-in-Residence with the Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • 1990 Awarded the Grawemeyer Award for Silver Ladders
  • 1985-87 Composer-in-Residence with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • 1969 Founded the chamber music ensemble, the Da Capo Players