Stephen Albert

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Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert (6 February 1941 – 27 December 1992)[1] was an American composer.


Born in New York City, Albert began his musical training on the piano, French horn, and trumpet as a youngster. He first studied composition at the age of 15 with Elie Siegmeister,[2] and enrolled two years later at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Bernard Rogers. Following composition lessons in Stockholm with Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Albert studied with Joseph Castaldo at the Philadelphia Musical Academy (BM 1962); in 1963 he worked with George Rochberg at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1985 to 1988 he worked as the Seattle Symphony's composer-in-residence.[1][3]

His notable students include Daniel Asia.

Albert was killed in an automobile accident on Cape Cod in December 1992.

Awards and honors[edit]

Stephen Albert won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his symphony RiverRun. He won a Grammy Award in 1995 in the Best Classical Contemporary Composition category for "Cello Concerto" as performed by Yo-Yo Ma.

The slow movement and emotional core of Christopher Rouse's Second Symphony, 1993, is dedicated to the memory of Stephen Albert, who was a colleague and close friend of Rouse. The work is recorded on TELARC CD-80452, issued in 1997.




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  1. ^ a b Randel, Don Michael, ed. (1996). "Albert, Stephen (Joel)". The Harvard biographical dictionary of music. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press. p. 11. ISBN 0-674-37299-9. 
  2. ^ "Albert, Stephen Joel". Who Was Who in America, 1993-1996, vol. 11. New Providence, N.J.: Marquis Who's Who. 1996. p. 3. ISBN 0-8379-0225-8. 
  3. ^ "Stephen Albert". G. Schirmer Inc. October 1996. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 

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