Composition Department Coordinator, Young Artist Initiative Musical Studies
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, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, New Music USA, S&R Foundation, the UK’s Delius Society, the Académie musicale de Villecroze, and the Chinese Fine Arts Society, among many 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. As a pianist, Djupstrom has taken a special interest in performing chamber music, leading to appearances in major metropolitan cities throughout the world. He has recorded for American Public Media’s PerformanceToday, Radio Television Hong Kong’s Radio 4, and the Equilibrium, American Modern, and Meyer Media labels
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, where he was awarded an Artist Diploma in 2011. 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.