Jacob Avshalomov

Composer & Conductor


BORN Tsingtao, China, March 28, 1919.

STUDIED with Aaron Avshalomov, Ernst Toch, Bernard Rogers, Aaron Copland; and at Reed College and Eastman School of Music.

TAUGHT at Columbia University 1946-54; summers at Reed College, Tanglewood, Northwestern University, University of Illinois, Aspen School of Music.

CONDUCTED U.S. Premieres of: Bruckner - Mass in D; Tippett - A Child of Our Time; Handel - The Triumph of Time & Truth; Sessions - Divertimento; Bloch Festival, Newport, Oregon; Aaron Avshalomov 90th Anniversary Celebrations, Beijing, Wuhan & Shanghai; Portland Youth Philharmonic 1954-1994; six International Tours; Moscow Symphony Orchestra, recorded three CD's of works by Aaron Avshalomov, 1997 (click).

AWARDS: Ditson Fellowship in Composition; Bloch Award; Guggenheim Fellowship; N.Y. Music Critics-Circle Award; Naumburg Recording Award; Ditson Conductor's Award; Governor's Arts Award; American Symphony Orchestra League Award; Portland First Citizen (visit).

COMMISSIONS: Symphony: The Oregon; The Thirteen Clocks; Phases of the Great Land; Glorious th'Assembled Fires; Symphony of Songs.

SERVICES: Ford Foundation Composers Project; Avshalomov Lecture Series 1958-1971; National Humanities Council, 1968-74; National Arts Endowment, Music Planning Section 1977-79; Pro Musicis Foundation.

ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES: Who's Who in America; Who's Who in Music; Baker's Dictionary of Music and Musicians; International Encyclopedia of Music; Mussiken Hvem, Hvad, Hvor, Copenhagen.

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