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Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdon, Pulitzer Prize and Grammy winner, is one of the most performed living

American composers working today. She has also been the recipient of a Guggenheim,

Koussevitzky, and Pew Fellowships, as well as two awards from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Commissions have come from a wide range of performers: from the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony, to The President’s Own Marine Band; from the Tokyo String Quartet to the new music ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, as well as individual artists such as singer Thomas Hampson, violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist, Yuja Wang. Her first opera based on Charles Frazier’s book, Cold Mountain, was commissioned by Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia and Minnesota Opera; it has been a resounding success, selling out all of its runs and winning the International Opera Award. She makes her living from commissions and serves as composer-in-residence with various orchestras throughout the country. Her works are recorded on over 60 CDs. She holds the Rock Chair in Composition at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. For more info, visit

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