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GRAMMY® Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty explores the relationships between machines, humanity and nature in three unique concertos

Dreamachine for solo percussion and orchestra is a colorful tribute to the imagination of inventors who dreamed of new machines, both real and surreal. The flute concerto Trail of Tears dramatizes the tragic governmental forced relocation of Native Americans in 1838 and meditates on how the human spirit discovers ways to deal with adversity. Reflections on the Mississippi for tuba and orchestra is a musical voyage down the legendary Mississippi River from Iowa to Louisiana. The Albany Symphony, conducted by David Alan Miller, delivers mesmerizing performances by three outstanding women soloists: GRAMMY Award-winning percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, flutist extraordinaire Amy Porter, and Carol Jantsch, the remarkable principal tuba of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Upcoming and Recent Premieres

The LSU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of Michael Daugherty’s Songs From A Silent Land featuring soprano Hila Plitmann at the College Band Directors National Association National Convention on February 20, 2019 at ASU |  more info

Michael Daugherty’s To the New World for Orchestra, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the moon by Apollo 11, will be premiered at the Pacific Symphony’s Space Odyssey concerts, April 11-13, 2019  |  more info

World Premiere Of Michael Daugherty’s TO THE NEW WORLD To Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Moon Landing, Broadway World, 3/20/19

New Publishing Agreement with Faber Music Ltd

Faber Music Ltd is delighted to announce the signing of a new sub-publishing agreement with multiple Grammy® Award-winning US composer Michael Daugherty, in respect of all the music published under his own imprint, Michael Daugherty Music. This is with immediate effect and for the following territories: Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.  |  read press release

BIOGRAPHY

Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty has achieved international recognition as one of the ten most performed American composers of concert music, according to the League of American Orchestras. His orchestral music, recorded by Naxos over the last two decades, has received six GRAMMY Awards, including Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2011 for Deus ex Machina for piano and orchestra and in 2017 for Tales of Hemingway for cello and orchestra. Current commissions for 2020 include new orchestral works for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Omaha Symphony and a concerto for violinist Anne Akiko Meyers who will give the world premiere with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in 2021.  Read more…

Night Owl (2018), Virginia Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, Music Director:

Michael Daugherty accepts Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2017:

RECENT RECORDINGS

Dreamachine/Trail of Tears/Reflections on the Mississippi

Dreamachine/Trail of Tears/Reflections on the Mississippi

Naxos/March 2018
Polaris String Quartet: Flow

Polaris String Quartet: Flow

Atoll/September 2018
Poetics

Poetics

Equilibrium/November 2016
The Lightning Fields

The Lightning Fields

MSR Classics/November 2016
Tales of Hemingway/American Gothic/Once Upon a Castle

Tales of Hemingway/American Gothic/Once Upon a Castle

Naxos/September 2016
Composer’s Collection: Daugherty

Composer’s Collection: Daugherty

GIA Publications/January 2016
On Safari: Mirror Image Goes Wild Orchestra

On Safari: Mirror Image Goes Wild Orchestra

MSR Classics/October 2015
Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano

Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano

ECM/September 2015
LIVE from Music City: The Best of Giancarlo Guerrero and The Nashville Symphony

LIVE from Music City: The Best of Giancarlo Guerrero and The Nashville Symphony

Naxos/August 2015