John Harris Harbison is an American composer best known for his symphonies, operas and excellent choral works.
Composer who won the Pulitzer Prize for his symphonies, operas, and big choral works. As Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival in 1991, he collaborated with Peter Maxwell Davies.
At the age of 16, he earned the BMI Foundation's Student Composer Award for composition. In 2004, he premiered "Abraham" with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which he wrote for the Papal Concert of Reconciliation.
In 1987, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his composition "The Flight into Egypt".
Elmore Harris Harbison, a well-known historian, was his father. Helen and Margaret, his sisters, were also musicians. Rose Mary Harbison, a violinist, was his wife.
His 1999 opera "The Great Gatsby" was inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald [Novelist]'s novel of the same name.
Student of Walter Piston. Students of Roger Sessions. OK_TM_VZ Pulitzer Prize winner for music! American opera composers. Member of the American Academy of Arts and Literature