Tcherepnin was born in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France and studied composition with Leon Kirchner, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Henri Pousseur, and Pierre Boulez. After teaching briefly at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Stanford University, Ivan became a life-long director of the Harvard University Studio For Electro-Acoustic Composition (1972–98).
Ivan Tcherepnin was the winner of the 1996 Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition for his Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra. He also received an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (1963-1995) and the National Endowment for the Arts (1977). His performance of Santur Opera earned the 1982 Grand Prize at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria.
Photos, starting from the second
1. Ivan Tcherepnin gets electronic patches ready for a performance
2. Ivan with his wife, Sue-Ellen Hirshman-Tcherepnin, receiving the International Grawemeyer Prize
3. Ivan, his sons Stefan, Sergei and John Cage at Tcherepnin's kitchen
- 2 Instruments & Performance
- 4 Writing & Arrangement
- 1 Production
- 2 Technical
- 1 Acting, Literary & Spoken