|Joseph Schwantner, known for his
dramatic and unique style and as a gifted orchestral colorist, is one of the most prominent American composers today. He received his musical and academic training at the Chicago Conservatory
and Northwestern University and previously served on the Juilliard, Eastman and Yale faculties. Schwantner is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Schwantner's compositional career has been marked by many awards, grants, and fellowships, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his orchestral composition Aftertones of Infinity and several Grammy nominations. Among his many commissions is his Percussion Concerto, which was commissioned for the 150th anniversary season of the New York Philharmonic and is one of the most performed concert works of the past several decades. Christopher Lamb, soloist in the new Naxos recording of Schwantner's music by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra received a 2012 Grammy Award for "Best Classical Instruemtal Solo" with Schwantner's Percussion Concerto.
Schwantner's music is published by Schott Helicon Music Corporation and C.F. Peters Corporation and recorded on a variety
of labels including: Hyperion, BMG\RCA Red Label, Hyperion, Naxos, Innova, Koch International Classics, Boston Records, Albany Records, EMI/Virgin Records, New World Records, Klavier Records, Summit
Records, Nonesuch, Mercury, CRI, GM Recordings, Delos, Laurel, Crest, DAD Records, Artworks Records, the Smithsonian Collection of Recordings and Sony Classical CD
|Music/USA, The Ford Made in America Consortium, the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony, Boston Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, International Horn Society, Dallas Symphony, Pacific-Northwest Ballet, Chamber Music America, Howard Hanson Memorial Institute, Barlow Endowment, First New York International Festival of the Arts, San Diego Symphony, Fromm Music Foundation, Naumburg Foundation, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, American Composers Concerts Inc., American Heritage Foundation, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Canton Symphony, Solisti New York Chamber Orchestra, the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, the Galax Quartet and Northwestern University.|
|by the London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Vienna Radio Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Orchestra de Liege, NHK Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, Radio Chamber Orchestra of the Netherlands, Orchestra de Paris, Winnipeg Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Nuremberg Philharmonic, Utrecht Radio Orchestra, Slovenska Filharmonija, and the Orchestra de Liege.|
|include Atlanta, Baltimore, Seattle, Oregon, Buffalo, Detroit, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Rochester, Louisville, Cincinnati, San Antonio, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Nashville, Fort Worth, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Virginia, Phoenix, Tucson, Florida, Omaha, Long Island, Richmond, South Bend, Columbus, Kansas City, Colorado, Grand Rapids, Canton, Honolulu, Flint, Arkansas, Spokane, Savannah, North Carolina, Pacific, Charleston, Springfield, Greensboro, Eugene, Saint Joseph, Gulf-Coast, Evansville, Charlotte, Roanoke, Albany, Lancaster, Louisiana, Syracuse, Colorado Springs, Victoria, New Jersey, Boston, Tuscalossa, New York City, National Repertory Orchestra, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, American-Soviet Youth Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, American Composer's Orchestra and the Esprit Orchestra.|
|Performances by chamber ensembles and chamber orchestras|
|the Holst-Sinfonietta, the London Sinfonietta, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Solisti New York Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble 21, Y Chamber Symphony, Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, the Electra Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, 20th Century Consort, Boston Musica Viva, Golliard Chorale, Da Capo Chamber Players, Collage, Voices of Change, New York New Music Ensemble, Society for New Music, Jubal Trio, Contemporary Music Forum, Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago, New and Unusual Music Series, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Columbus Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, New Performance Group, New Music Group, Virtuosi Della Rosa, Summit Brass, Thamyris Ensemble, Music Here and Now Series, New Band, New Music Group, Music of Our Time, Array Ensemble, Orchestra 2001, as well as performances by many university-based orchestras and ensembles in the United States, Europe and Japan .|
|Works conducted by|
|Hans Graf, Leonard Slatkin, Christoph Von Dohnanyi, Andrew Litton, Robert Spano, Yoel Levi, Gunther Herbig, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, David Zinman, Richard Pittman, Isaiah Jackson, James DePriest, Marin Alsop, Hugh Wolff, JoAnn Falletta, Gerard Schwarz, Raymond Lepard, Gunther Schuller, Mark Elder, John Williams, Lukas Foss, Joseph Silverstein, Victoria Bond, Chrstopher Wilkins, Stephen Gunzenhauser, Catherine Comet, James Freeman, David Loebel, Richard Pittman, Christopher Keene, and Gerhardt Zimmermann, among others.|
|Artists that have performed his work|
|Anne Akiko Meyers, Evelyn Glennie, Ivana Bilic, Flippo Lattanzi, Christopher Lamb, Gregory Hustis, Emanuel Ax, Lucy Shelton, James Diaz, Dawn Upshaw, Pinchas Zukerman, Ursula Oppens, Sharon Isbin, Linda Hohenfeld, William Warfield, Raymond Bazemore, Jane Manning, Coretta Scott King, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, actors James Earl Jones, Danny Glover, Robert Guillaume, Maya Angelou, Yolanda King, Alfre Woodard and Ed Bradley.|