Bard Faculty

George Tsontakis

Distinguished Composer in Residence

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Music


Composer. Studied composition with Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School and conducting with Jorge Mester. Recipient of two Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards, for String Quartet No. 4 (1989) and Perpetual Angelus (1992); American Academy of Arts and Letters Lifetime Achievement Award (1995); Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition (2005); Charles Ives Living Award (2006). Music recorded on the Hyperion, New World, CRI, Koch, and Opus One labels; works have been commissioned and performed by the American, Blair, Colorado, and Emerson string quartets; New York Virtuoso Singers; Aspen Wind Quintet; Orpheus; flutist Ransom Wilson; violinist Glenn Dicterow; and many other orchestras, ensembles, and musicians. Faculty member, Aspen Music School (1976– ). Founding director, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble (1991–98). At Bard since 2003.


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