Jennifer Higdon

Milton L. Rock Chair in Composition Studies

Jennifer Higdon

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., but raised in the South, Jennifer Higdon received a Bachelor of Music degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1988, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition she has studied conducting with Robert Spano and flute with Judith Bentley.

Dr. Higdon is the recipient of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her Violin Concerto; a 2009 Grammy Award (Best New Contemporary Classical Recording) for her Percussion Concerto;  Guggenheim, Koussevitzky, and Pew fellowships; and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Her works are performed around the world, with commissions coming from a variety of ensembles and individuals. She has been commissioned by the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Gary Graffman and Hilary Hahn; the President's Own Marine Band; the Tokyo String Quartet, Time for Three, and Eighth Blackbird; the Philadelphia Singers and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia; and Opera Philadelphia and Santa Fe Opera. Her works appear on more than four dozen recordings, including the Grammy-winning CD of her Concerto for Orchestra and City Scape.

Dr. Higdon joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1994.