Jennifer Higdon

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Date of Birth December 31, 1962
Place of Birth New York
Age 57 years old
Horoscope Capricorn

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Jennifer Elaine Higdon is an American composer of classical music. She has been a professor of composition at the Curtis Institute of Music since 1994. She has received many awards, including the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her Violin Concerto and three Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Classical Composition, in 2010, 2018, and 2020. She was elected a Member of the American Philosophical Society in 2019.

About Jennifer Higdon

Classical music composer who was awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto. She also received a Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Contemporary Composition for her Percussion Concerto.

Before Fame

She was a self-taught flautist who performed in concert band in high school, but had minimal exposure to classical music until college. She majored in flute performance at Bowling Green State University.


She used Charles Frazier's "Cold Mountain" as the basis for an opera that was commissioned by Santa Fe Opera and Opera Philadelphia.

Family Life

Her family was residing in Brooklyn when she was born, but they soon moved to Atlanta where she spent the first 10 years of her life. They then relocated to Tennessee. She met her partner Cheryl Lawson in high school.


She studied composition under George Crumb at the University of Pennsylvania.

Information related to Jennifer Higdon

  • LGBT classical musicians
  • Pulitzer Prize winners
  • Pulitzer Prize for Music winners
  • Pew Fellows in the Arts
  • LGBT people from Georgia (U.S. state)
  • Bowling Green State University alumni
  • Curtis Institute of Music alumni
  • American female classical composers
  • Musicians from Atlanta
  • Members of the American Philosophical Society
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Latest information about Jennifer Higdon updated on September 22, 2020.

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