National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize, and Grammy Award-winner William Bolcom (born May 26, 1938) is an American composer of chamber, operatic, vocal, choral, cabaret, ragtime, and symphonic music.

He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan's School of Music in 1973, was named the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Composition in 1994, and retired in 2008 after 35 years.  Bolcom won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1988 for 12 New Etudes for Piano, and his setting of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience on the Naxos label won four Grammy Awards in 2005.

As a pianist Bolcom has performed and recorded his own work frequently in collaboration with his wife and musical partner, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris.  Cabaret songs, show tunes, and American popular songs of the 20th century have been their primary specialties in both concerts and recordings.  Their 25th album,  "Autumn Leaves," was released in 2015.

In 2018, nine world premieres of Bolcom works commemorated William Bolcom's 80th birthday.



In conversation with Chamber Music Society 

CMS of Lincoln Center has been celebrating various composers' 80 years of experience, craft, and skill. They recently sat down with William Bolcom to learn more about his illustrious career, his influences, and his landmark works.

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William Bolcom: Concerto in D for Violin and Orchestra

Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Insurgentes Sur 3000, Mexico City, Mexico

Orquesta Sinfonica de Minari; Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor.; Philippe Quint, violin


Bolcom (and others): Yet Another Set of Variations (on a Theme of Paganini) [World Premiere]

Powell Hall, 718 North Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO

St. Louis Symphony, Leonard Slatkin, conductor. World Premiere of "Yet Another Set of Variations (on a Theme of Paganini)" - with variations by Claude Baker, Mason Bates, William Bolcom, Guillaume Connesson, John Corigliano, Donald Erb, Cindy McTee, Joseph Schwantner, Leonard Slatkin, and Joan Tower


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