Michael Daugherty

Michael Daugherty is one of the most frequently commissioned, programmed, and recorded composers on the American concert music scene today. 

Grammy Award winning composer Michael Daugherty was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1954.  He is the son of a dance-band drummer and the oldest of five brothers, all professional musicians.  As a young man, Daugherty studied composition with many of the preeminent composers of the 20th century including Jacob Druckman, Earle Brown, Bernard Rands and Roger Reynolds at Yale, Pierre Boulez at IRCAM in Paris and György Ligeti in Hamburg. Daugherty was also an assistant to jazz arranger Gil Evans in New York from 1980-82.  In 1991, Daugherty joined the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance as Professor of Composition, where he is a mentor to many of today’s most talented young composers. He is also a frequent guest of professional orchestras, festivals, universities and conservatories around the world.

Daugherty’s music has entered the orchestral, band and chamber music repertoire and made him one, according to the League of America Orchestras, of the ten most performed American composers of concert music today.  Recordings of Daugherty’s music on Naxos, by the Nashville Symphony conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero, have received six Grammy Awards including Best Classical Contemporary Composition in 2011 for Deus ex Machina for piano and orchestra and in 2017 for Tales of Hemingway for cello and orchestra. His music is published by Peermusic Classical/Faber Music, Boosey & Hawkes and Michael Daugherty Music.

For more information on Michael Daugherty and his music, see www.michaeldaugherty.net and his publisher’s websites. 

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