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John Harbison

John Harris Harbison, composer, conductor and teacher he is among the most ‘prolific' American composers, his works embrace elements of jazz as well as having a Baroque style. He is best known for his operas and choral works, but mainly for having won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1987 for ‘The Flight into Egypt' and being nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award for his ‘Mottetti di Montale'. He was born into a musical family, he was a child prodigy who could improvise playing the piano at the age of 4. At 16 years of age he won the prestigious BMI Student Composer Award. He studied violin, viola, piano, tuba, and voice all while attending High School and went on to study music at Harvard University.