Steven Stucky, Composer Who Won a Pulitzer, Dies at 66
Mr. Stucky was associated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as composer in residence for more than 20 years.
Stucky was born in Hutchinson, Kansas. At age 9, he moved with his family to Abilene, Texas, where, as a teenager, he studied music in the public schools and, privately, viola with Herbert Preston, conducting with Leo Scheer, and composition with Macon Sumerlin. He attended Baylor University and Cornell. Stucky's principal composition teachers were Richard Willis, Robert Palmer, and Karel Husa; his principal conducting teacher was Daniel Sternberg.
VIDEO: In the 2008-09 season Music Director Lorin Maazel and the Philharmonic are unveiling three brand-new works commissioned by the Orchestra from three composers. Composer Steven Stucky reveals how the limitations put on commissions can spur creativity. Learn about the story behind his Rhapsodies for Orchestra. (Premiering in concerts on September 18-20 23, 2008)