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Ezra Laderman


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Ezra Laderman
Composer and teacher Ezra Laderman is widely recognized as a major influence in American composition. A three-time Guggenheim fellow, Laderman is known for compositions ranging from solo instrumental and vocal works to large-scale choral and orchestra music.

After completing military service in the U.S. Army during World War II, Laderman studied composition with Stefan Wolpe of New York and Miriam Gideon at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, where he earned his bachelor of arts degree. He continued his training at Columbia University, where he earned a master’s degree. Laderman taught at Sarah Lawrence College and was appointed professor and composer-in-residence at Binghamton University in 1972 until his retirement 10 years later.

In 1988, Laderman was named a visiting composer at Yale University and served as dean of its School of Music from 1989 to 1995. After a year’s sabbatical, he returned to a teaching role at Yale where he currently serves as professor of composition.

Interspersed with his academic duties, he has been a prolific composer. He has been commissioned three times by the Philadelphia Orchestra and twice by the National, Louisville and Chicago symphonies. In addition, the symphony orchestras of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Denver and Dallas have requested major works and he has been asked to write for prestigious chamber music groups.

Laderman has written for such distinguished artists as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Elmar Oliveira and David Shifrin. He has written nine operas, including his best known, Galileo, Galilei, which premiered in 1979 by the Tri-Cities Opera of Binghamton.

Recipient of the American Prix do Rome award, one of the American Academy in Rome’s most coveted honors for gifted American scholars and artists, Laderman has served as president of the American Music Center, director of the music program of the National Endowment for the Arts and chair of the American Composers Orchestra.

In the early eighties, Laderman was again honored by the American Academy in Rome when he was invited to serve as resident composer. He has also received Rockefeller and Ford Foundation grants and has been elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, an honorary academy of notable American artists, writers and composers.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08