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Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
 (1939- )

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  Ellen Taaffe Zwilich was born in Miami, Florida. She studied music at Florida State University
and at The Juilliard School under Roger Sessions and Elliott Carter. She also studied violin with Richard Burgin and Ivan Galamian. She she played violin with the American Symphony Orchestra from 1965 to 1972 and in 1975 was the first woman to receive a doctorate in composition from the Julliard School.. In 1983 she became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music for Three Movements for Orchestra. (Symphony no. 1.), in addition she has been nominated for four Grammys. She is currently the Francis Eppes Professor of Music at Florida State University. Ellen Taafe Zwilich composes in all media except opera. Works include: Einsame Nacht (1971); String Quartet (1974); Chamber Symphony (1979); Passages (1981); Fantasy for Harpsichord (1983); Divertimento (1983); Prologue and Variations (1983); Concerto for Trumpet and Five Players (1984); Celebration for Orchestra (1984);  Symphony No.2 - Cello Symphony (1985);  Thanksgiving Song (1986); Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello (1987); Praeludium (1987); Tanzspiel (1987); Ceremonies for Band (1988); Symbolon (1988); Concerto for Bass Trombone, Strings, Timpani and Cymbals (1989); Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (1989); Fantasy for Orchestra (1993); American Concerto for trumpet and orchestra (1994); Jubilation for Orchestra (1996)
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