Paul Moravec (Composer)

Paul Moravec, recipient of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Music, has composed over 90 orchestral, chamber, choral, lyric, film, and electro-acoustic lyric compositions.

His music has earned numerous other distinctions, including the Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome, a Fellowship in Music Composition from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, a Camargo Foundation Residency Fellowship, and two fellowships from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, as well as many commissions.

A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University, he has taught at Harvard, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Hunter College and holds the rank of University Professor at Adelphi University, a position unique in the institution.

Current commissions include a work for premiere by Orpheus Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and an evening-length oratorio called The Blizzard Voices for Opera Omaha.

The Time Gallery, recorded by Eighth Blackbird, was released on a Naxos American Classics CD in February of 2006. Two string quartets appear on the Lark Quartet’s Klap Ur Handz CD, released in October of 2006. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Tempest Fantasy (with Mood Swings, B.A.S.S. Variations, and Scherzo), recorded by Trio Solisti and clarinetist David Krakauer will be re-released on Naxos American Classics in March of 2007. Songs of Love and War for SATB Chorus/Orchestra is on a CD featuring The Dessoff Choirs & Orchestra, Sonata for Violin and Piano is available on RCA Red Seal, and an album of chamber compositions titled Circular Dreams appeared on CRI.

Recent premieres include Anniversary Dances with the Ying Quartet, Mark Twain Sez with cellist Matt Haimovitz; Cornopean Airs with the American Brass Quintet; Morph with the String Orchestra of New York City (SONYC); Oboe Sextet with Peggy Pearson and Winsor Music, Useful Knowledge; a dramatic cantata about Benjamin Franklin for the American Philosophical Society; Parables with New York Festival of Song; Isle of the Manhattoes with pianist Tony DeMare at Zankel/Carnegie Hall; Andy Warhol Sez with bassoonist David Sogg and pianist Rob Frankenberry; Exes with soprano Jama Jandrokovic and cellist Matt Haimovitz at Tully Hall; The Time Gallery with Eighth Blackbird at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Montserrat: Cello Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola (NYC); Evensong with tenor Scott Murphree and the composer at the piano; A Crowd of Stars with Robert White and Brian Zeger at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Vita Brevis with tenor Paul Sperry and the composer at the piano; Spirit, a cantata commissioned for the 75th anniversary of the flight of the Spirit of St. Louis; No Words, commissioned by Concert Artists Guild for pianist James Lent and the Gay Gotham Chorus; Everyone Sang with baritone Troy Cook, commissioned by the Marilyn Horne Foundation; and Chamber Symphony, commissioned by the Bridgehampton Festival for its 20th anniversary; Salute with soprano Amy Burton, Steven Blier, and the New York Festival of Song.

Mr. Moravec’s website is, his work is published by