Tod Machover

Visiting Composition Faculty

Tod Machover is recognized as one of the most innovative composers of his generation, and celebrated for inventing new technologies that expand music’s potential. His work has been awarded prizes and honors from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Fromm and Koussevitzky music foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, the German and French ministries of culture, and the World Technology Network. He was the first recipient of the Arts Advocacy Award from the Kennedy Center’s National Committee for the Performing Arts, and was honored as Musical America's 2016 Composer of the Year. His opera Death and the Powers was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music. 

Mr. Machover’s latest addition to his collaborative “city symphonies” series, Philadelphia Voices, was premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin in April 2018, followed by a New York debut at Carnegie Hall. His Symphony in D for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra was the subject of an award-winning documentary in 2017.

Mr. Machover’s compositions have been commissioned and performed by Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble Modern, Houston Grand Opera, and the San Francisco Symphony; the Tokyo, Kronos, and Ying string quartets; and renowned artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell, among many others.

Mr. Machover studied with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at the Juilliard School, served as composer in residence at the Lucerne Festival, and was the first director of musical research at Pierre Boulez's IRCAM in Paris. He is the Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab and director of its Opera of the Future group. He is currently a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music.