John Corigliano

Composer
Composer John Corigliano has been renowned in the classical music field since his 1964 "Sonata for Violin and Piano" (written for his father) thrust him into the public eye. He followed up with numerous acclaimed ... Read more »
Born: 02/16/1938 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (6)

The Red Violin 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

The Ghosts of Versailles 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Music

Solti at 75: A Celebration! 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Music

Revolution 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Altered States 1980 (Movie)

(Music)
Actor (2)

Copland's America 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Composer John Corigliano has been renowned in the classical music field since his 1964 "Sonata for Violin and Piano" (written for his father) thrust him into the public eye. He followed up with numerous acclaimed original works before a successful entry into film music with his experimental score for Ken Russell's "Altered States" (1980). His eerie and hauntingly evocative music was a non-melodic, octave-jumping collection of sounds that perfectly captured the unsettling feel of the film and earned the composer his first Oscar nomination. This victory was followed by his scoring of Hugh Hudson's Revolutionary War epic "Revolution" (1985). While Corigliano's score was acclaimed, earning BAFTA's Anthony Asquith Award for Distinguished Achievement in Film Composition, the critical and popular failure of the film led to the score album going unreleased, and consequently, the disappointed Corigliano disappeared from film for well over a decade.

Relationships

John Corigliano

Father
concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic from 1943 to 1966 born on August 28, 1901 died on September 2, 1975

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York
studied with Otto Luening

Manhattan School of Music

New York , New York
studied with Victor Giannini

Milestones

2000

Premiered Second Symphony in Boston

1998

The film "The Red Violin", featuring Corigliano's score, debuted at Venice Film Festival; released theatrically in USA in 1999; received the Best Original Score Academy Award

1997

"The Red Violin: Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra" debuted at the San Francisco Symphony

1997

"Chiaroscuro" debuted, his composition written for two pianos tuned a quarter-tone apart

1996

Won second Grammy in the category of Best Classical Contemporary Compostion, marking the first time in the history of the award that a composer has won twice

1993

Composed the AIDS-themed cantata "Of Rage and Remembrance"

1992

Honored as Musical America's inaugural Composer of the Year

1991

Debut as opera composer, "The Ghosts of Versailles"; opera was first newly commissioned work written for NYC Metropolitan Opera in more than 25 years; telecast on PBS in 1992

1991

Named to the faculty of the prestigious Juilliard School of Music

1991

Elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters

1987

Was composer-in-residence at Chicago Symphony Orchestra; composed the Grammy-winning "Symphony No. 1" (1991), a response to the AIDS crisis

1985

Scored Hugh Hudson's Revolutionary War epic "Revolution"

1981

The "Pied Piper Fantasy: Concerto for Flute and Orchestra" introduced by James Galway

1980

Composed the score of Ken Russell's thriller "Altered States"; received Oscar nomination for Best Original Score

1967

Wrote "Piano Concerto"

1964

His "Sonata for Violin and Piano" won the Spoleto Festival's chamber music prize, catapulting the young composer into the public eye; piece written for his father

Bonus Trivia

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On scoring "The Red Violin": "You needed a musical thread to carry through, not just in the underscoring, but in the whole piece. Even if it's in different styles, or earlier periods, the material should still come from the same source." Corigliano quoted in Daily Variety, April 30, 1999

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