The work of composer and pianist Michael Djupstrom has been recognized through honors and awards from institutions such as the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Composers Forum, the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, the Académie musicale de Villecroze, the Chinese Fine Arts Society, the ASCAP Foundation, and the BMI Foundation, among others. He has received commissions from the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center, International Opera Theater, the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, Music From Angel Fire, the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, and Network for New Music, among others. Notable performers of his works include the American Composers Orchestra, the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Symphony in C, and numerous new music ensembles such as Brave New Works, Sounds New, the North/South Consonance Ensemble, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and the New Fromm Players at Tanglewood.
Djupstrom was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and began music studies at the age of eight. He studied composition formally at the University of Michigan, from which he received undergraduate and graduate degrees, and at the Curtis Institute of Music. Other training included fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Brevard Music Center, as well as private studies in Paris with composer Betsy Jolas. He joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012.