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David Del Tredici


An American composer, born in 1937 in California, David Del Tredici led and nurtured the Neo-Romantic movements in music. At age 12, he began studying piano with Bernhard Abrannowitsch, later he studied with Robert Helps. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, primarily in piano, where he received his B.A. in 1959. At Princeton, he studied with Roger Sessions and Earl Kim, earning his M.F.A. in 1964. He won fam with his composition, In Memory of a Summer Day, a part  of his “Alice in Wonderland” that won him a Pulitzer Prize.

At age 17, he made his first formal appearance with the San Francisco Symphony and performed until 1960 as a concert pianist. His first composition, Soliloquy (1958) was outstanding. Darius Milhaus inspired him to become a composer. He earned many compositional honors. To name some, in 1966, he received a Guggenheim fellowship followed by a Woodrow Wilson fellowship, Brandeish and Friedheim Awards. He received grants from the NEA and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Del Tredici’s compositions had been commissioned and performed by outstanding European and American orchestras. His works include The Spider and the Fly (1998), Dracula (1999), Miz Inez Sez (2000) and many more.

He had been a professor at f Harvard University (1966 – 1972), Boston University (1973-84), Yale (1999), and Juilliard (1993 – 1996). Currently, he is a Music Professor at the City College of New York, sits on the Boards of Director of Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

David Del Tredici