Hal Haskins -->Born in Chicago in 1943, Joseph Schwantner is a prominent American composer, Professor of Composition at Yale University, and recipient the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for his orchestral piece, Aftertones of Infinity .
Schwantner studied classical guitar and wrote jazz compositions during his childhood. He received his first composition award in 1959, while still in high school, going on to earn degrees at the Chicago Conservatory College and Northwestern University.
Since then, Schwantner has balanced an impressive academic career with an increasingly busy schedule of commissions. He has served on the faculties of the Julliard School, the Eastman School of Music, and the Yale School of Music.