Artist Roster – George Crumb, Ph.D, United States

Crumb_beretAn American composer of modern and avant-garde music, George Crumb is noted as an explorer of unusual timbres and extended technique. He uses instruments such as toy pianos, musical saws, amplified instruments and even a “glass harmonica” in a serious piece of music, making music with them that so reflects nature, that during a performance, one might think they are hearing what it would sound like to pour an ocean or build a blade of grass from scratch.

He is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1968 for his orchestral work Echoes of Time and the River and a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Composition in 2001 for his work, Star-Child.