Michael Daugherty

(1954 - )


One of the most performed American composers of his generation.  Hailed by The Times (London) as “a master icon maker” with a “maverick imagination, fearless structural sense and meticulous ear”.  He first came to international attention in the 1990s with a series of witty, dark-humored, brilliantly-scored pieces inspired by 20th-century pop-culture phenomena including his Metropolis Symphony and Dead Elvis.  Recent works have shown a broadening of expressive range and lyricism, with increasing musical subtlety and elegance of orchestration.  His idiom bears the stamp of classic modernism, with colliding tonalities and blocks of sound; at the same time, his melodies can be eloquent and stirring. Works commissioned by Detroit Symphony, National Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, and many others.

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Michael Daugherty at 50

Michael Daugherty is one of the most performed US composers of his generation. On 28 April he celebrated his 50th birthday. This coincided with the release in May, by Naxos Records, of the premiere recording of Daugherty’s U.F.O. for solo percussion and orchestra. The inimitable soloist is Evelyn Glennie, for whom the work was written – and who has performed the work many times. She is accompanied by Marin Alsop and the Colorado SO. Also, on the disc is the first recording of the three-moveme Read more

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