Tobias Picker

Tobias Picker

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American composer, born 18 July 1954 in New York City.

Tobias Picker, born in New York City in 1954, recently described by BBC Magazine as “displaying a distinctively soulful style that is one of the glories of the current musical scene,” holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, and Princeton University where his principal teachers were Charles Wuorinen, Elliott Carter and Milton Babbitt. He began gaining international recognition at 24 when The New Yorker identified him as “a genuine creator with a fertile unforced vein of invention.” Among his honors; The Charles Ives Scholarship, a Guggenheim Fellowship two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and the Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Mr. Picker’s works have been performed and/or commissioned by The New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC Proms, James Levine, James Conlon, Lorin Maazel, Pinchas Zukerman, Christoph Eschenbach, Peter Serkin, Lynn Harrell, Ursula Oppens, Nathan Gunn, Susan Graham, Patricia Racette, Judith Bettina and most recently The Rambert Dance Company which has commissioned a large-scale ballet based on Awakenings by Oliver Sacks. His catalog encompasses every genre including several operas. Emmeline, premiered in 1996 by the Santa Fe Opera garnered world-wide acclaim and was televised by PBS’ Great Performances. His operas have been produced by several other companies including The Metropolitan Opera which commissioned and premiered his An American Tragedy two seasons ago. Tobias Picker is Artistic Advisor of NYC’s Dicapo Opera Theatre. (2008)
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Tobias Picker Discography Tracks

Albums

CRI SD 427, CRI 427 Tobias Picker Music Of Tobias Picker(LP, Album) Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI), Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI) CRI SD 427, CRI 427 US 1980 Sell This Version
CRI SD 474, CRI 474 American Composers Orchestra, Paul Dunkel - Tobias Picker / Chester Biscardi American Composers Orchestra, Paul Dunkel - Tobias Picker / Chester Biscardi - Violin Concerto / At The Still Point(LP, Album) Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI), Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI) CRI SD 474, CRI 474 US 1982 Sell This Version
CD 554 The Brooklyn Philharmonic*, Tobias Picker, Marc Blitzstein, Lukas Foss The Brooklyn Philharmonic*, Tobias Picker, Marc Blitzstein, Lukas Foss - Keys To The City/Piano Concerto(CD) Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI) CD 554 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
Tobias Picker Symphony No. 2 / String Quartet No. 1 (Album) Elektra Nonesuch, Elektra Nonesuch US 1990 Sell This Version
VC 7 91162-2, 261 232 Tobias Picker - Sir John Gielgud*, The Houston Symphony*, Christoph Eschenbach Tobias Picker - Sir John Gielgud*, The Houston Symphony*, Christoph Eschenbach - The Encantadas / Old And Lost Rivers / Romances And Interludes(CD) Virgin Classics, Virgin Classics VC 7 91162-2, 261 232 UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version
CHAN 10039 Tobias Picker, Thomas Sanderling, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra Tobias Picker, Thomas Sanderling, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra - Keys To The City, And Suddenly It's Evening, Cello Concerto(CD, Album) Chandos CHAN 10039 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
WER 6695-2 Tobias Picker, Ursula Oppens Tobias Picker, Ursula Oppens - Key To The City - Piano Works(CD, Album) WERGO WER 6695-2 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
TZ 9007 Tobias Picker Invisible Lilacs(CD, Album) Tzadik TZ 9007 US 2014 Sell This Version

Compilations

CD 589 Tobias Picker Violin Concerto / When Soft Voices Die / Rhapsody / Sextet No. 3 / Romance(CD, Comp, RM) Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI) CD 589 US 1991 Sell This Version