Awarded: Dec. 16, 2005
(b. Nov. 22, 1925)
Pulitzer Prize winner Gunther Schuller has performed and recording with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and John Lewis, as well as enjoyed a distinguished teaching career. His positions have included professor of composition at the School of Music at Yale, president of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and artistic director of the Tanglewood Berkshire Music Center and The Festival at Sandpoint (Idaho). Of his more than 160 original compositions, he’s been commissioned by the Baltimore Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Minneapolis Symphony, National Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. Among his other awards are the Gold Medal for Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the BMI Lifetime Achievement Award, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award, the William Schuman Award and ten honorary degrees.