The American John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last forty years. Corigliano's numerous scores—including three symphonies and eight concerti among over one hundred chamber, vocal, choral, and orchestral works—have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world.
In the world of film music Corigliano has left an indelible mark with a smaller but impressive catalogue of works. His first film score to Ken Russell’s Altered States (1980), garnered him an Academy Award nomination, and his score to Hugh Hudson’s Revolution (1985) was awarded a British Film Institute Award for Best Music. His score to François Girard’s The Red Violin (2000) was an audience and critics’ favorite: The Red Violin earned Corigliano the Academy Award for Best Score, a GRAMMY Award (Best Instrumental Composition written for a Motion Picture), and the Chicago Film Critics Association Award, as well as a Genie Award, Jutra Award and a Satellite Award for Best Score.
His compositions include Conjurer (2008), for percussion and string orchestra, commissioned for and introduced by Dame Evelyn Glennie; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: The Red Violin (2005), developed from the themes of the score to the film; Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (2000) for orchestra and amplified soprano, the recording of which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition in 2008; Symphony No. 3: Circus Maximus (2004), scored simultaneously for wind orchestra and a multitude of wind ensembles; and Symphony No. 2 (2001: Pulitzer Prize in Music.) Other important scores include String Quartet (1995: Grammy Award, Best Contemporary Composition); Symphony No. 1 (1991: Grawemeyer Award); the opera The Ghosts of Versailles (Metropolitan Opera commission, 1991); and the Clarinet Concerto (1977.)
One of the few living composers to have a string quartet named for him, Corigliano serves on the composition faculty at the Juilliard School of Music and holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York, which has established a scholarship in his name; for the past fourteen years he and his partner, the composer-librettist Mark Adamo, have divided their time between Manhattan and Kent Cliffs, New York.
The Oscar Winning Chaconne (2008), The Red Violin (1998 – Academy winner, GRAMMY winner), The Ghosts of Versailles (1992), Revolution (1985), Altered States (1980 – Academy nomination)