James R. Killian Award & Lecture Series


Award recipients: Music and Theater Arts

John Harbison
Spring 1995

John H. Harbison, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and former Class of 1949 professor (later, Institute Professor of Music) was the 1994–1995 Killian Award recipient. Noting that Professor Harbison was among America's top composers, the selection committee also said: "His music is distinguished by its exceptional resourcefulness and expressive range. He has written for every conceivable type of concert performance, from the grandest to the most intimate, pieces that embrace jazz along with the pre-classical forms of Schutz and Bach, the graceful tonality of Prokoviev along with the rigorous atonal methods of late Stravinsky. The unique, personal idiom that John has developed from these origins is one of the leading compositional voices of our time." Read more at MIT News.

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