Michael Colgrass


Chicago-born Michael Colgrass studied percussion and composition at the University of Illinois at Urbana. He has also studied with Lukas Foss, Darius Milhaud, Wallingford Riegger and Ben Weber. Colgrass has since established himself among the leading composers of his generation with performances and commissions from leading orchestras, chamber ensembles, choruses, and soloists. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1978 for Deja vu for Percussion Quartet and Orchestra, and an Emmy in 1982 for the PBS documentary Soundings: The Music of Michael Colgrass.


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