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Aaron Jay Kernis

In 1983, the New York Philharmonic premiered a work entitled Dream of the Morning Sky that came from the pen of a 23-year-old composer named Aaron Jay Kernis. It would result in his national acclaim, and his star would only grow. He has won honors from ASCAP, BMI, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the American Academy in Rome. Eventually, he went on to be the youngest composer ever to receive a Pulitzer Prize — awarded for his String Quartet No. 2 (“musica instrumentalis”) in 1998.


- Musica Celestis