Milton L. Rock Chair in Composition Studies
Jennifer Higdon is one of the most performed living American composers working today.
Dr. Higdon has been the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy Award, Guggenheim and Pew fellowships, a commission from the Serge Koussevitsky Music Foundation, and two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has been commissioned by a wide range of performers, including the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; "The President’s Own" United States Marine Band; the Tokyo String Quartet; Eighth Blackbird; and individual artists such as baritone Thomas Hampson, violinist Hilary Hahn, and pianists Gary Graffman and Yuja Wang. Her upcoming projects include three new concertos that have been co-commissioned by eleven orchestras, and a new chamber opera for Opera Philadelphia.
Her first opera, Cold Mountain, was a resounding success, selling out its first two runs, becoming the third highest-selling opera in Opera Philadelphia's history, and winning an International Opera Award. Dr. Higdon's works are recorded on over 65 CDs.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from Bowling Green State University, an artist diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, and a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Higdon joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1994.