Composer Jennifer Higdon
Congratulations to Jennifer Higdon! She has just been awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music, for her Violin Concerto.
Here's some of what she wrote about this music:
"I believe that one of the most rewarding aspects of life is exploring
and discovering the magic and mysteries held within our universe. For a
composer this thrill often takes place in the writing of a concerto … it
is the exploration of an instrument’s world, a journey of the
imagination, confronting and stretching an instrument’s limits, and
discovering a particular performer’s gifts."
She also has a West Virginia connection: The Wheeling Symphony has featured music by Higdon on its concerts, including her "Concerto 4-3," which the Wheeling Symphony co-commissioned with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Read more about Jennifer Higdon and the Pulitzer Prize here. (Sorry to run, but I have an interview with a horn player in three minutes!)