STEVEN STUCKY, born in 1949, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. He had an extensive catalogue of compositions ranging from large-scale orchestral works to a cappella miniatures for chorus. He was also active as a conductor, writer, lecturer and teacher, and for 21 years he enjoyed a close partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 1988 André Previn appointed him composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and later he became the orchestra’s consulting composer for new music, working closely with Esa-Pekka Salonen. Commissioned by the orchestra, his Second Concerto for Orchestra brought him the Pulitzer Prize in music in 2005.
Steven Stucky taught at Cornell University since 1980 and served as Given Foundation Professor of Composition. He also taught at the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of California (Berkeley). A world-renowned expert on Lutoslawski's music, he is a recipient of the Lutoslawski Society’s medal. He was a frequent guest at colleges and conservatories, and his works appear on the programmes of the world’s major orchestras.