Kenneth Fuchs, B.M. ‘79

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fuchskenneth242x242.jpgUniversity of Miami Frost School of Music 2000 Distinguished Alumnus Kenneth Fuchs, B.M. ‘79 is an acclaimed composer of music for orchestra, band, chorus, and various chamber ensembles. He has received numerous commissions, achieving significant global recognition through performances, media exposure, and digital streaming and downloading throughout North and South America, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, and Australia. BBC Music Magazine called Fuchs “a master of orchestral writing.”
 
With Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, Fuchs created three chamber musicals, The Great Nebula in Orion, A Betrothal, and Brontosaurus, which Circle Repertory Company originally presented in New York City. Fuchs’s operatic monodrama Falling Man (text by Don DeLillo, adapted by J. D. McClatchy) was presented at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
 
The London Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, has recorded five albums of Fuchs’s music for Naxos American Classics, which have earned four GRAMMY® Award nominations. The fifth album, recorded at Abbey Road Studios in August 2017, featuring concerti for piano, electric guitar, alto saxophone, and an orchestral song cycle for countertenor based on twelve poems of Judith G. Wolf, was released in August 2018. Following the release of this album, James Jolly, Editor-in-Chief of Gramophone Magazine stated, “The American composer Kenneth Fuchs now has quite a sizeable discography of his music on Naxos, invariably played by the LSO who have played a major role in inspiring him to write for the orchestra with impressive authority and imagination.” The album won the 2018 GRAMMY® Award in the category “Best Classical Compendium.”
 
Kenneth Fuchs serves as Professor of Composition at the University of Connecticut. He received his bachelor of music degree in composition from the University of Miami (cum laude) and his master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in composition from The Juilliard School. Fuchs’s composition teachers include Milton Babbitt, David Del Tredici, David Diamond, Vincent Persichetti, and Alfred Reed. His music is published by the Hal Leonard Corporation, Edward B. Marks Music Company, Theodore Presser Company, and Yelton Rhodes Music, and it has been recorded by Albany, Cala, and Naxos Records.