"One of America's most distinguished creative artists in any field" (Aaron Copland) Intricate, mercurial work often mirrored human interactions and relationships Late career creative burst yielded an outpouring of major orchestral scores, along with numerous chamber works, in a style marked by transparency and clarity of texture, with a new directness of formal design * Music championed by leading conductors including Boulez, Barenboim, Knussen, Dohnányi, Levine, Gielen, Holliger and Morlot * His many awards include official recognition from the governments of France, Germany, Italy, and the U.S. * Awarded two Pulitzer Prizes (String Quartet No. 2, 1960; String Quartet No. 3, 1973)
Works by Elliott Carter include:
Triple Duo (1983) for chamber ensemble
Symphonia for orchestra: Partita (1993), Adagio Tenebroso (1994), Allegro Scorrevole (1996)
What Next? (1999) opera in one act
Flute Concerto (2008) for flute and ensemble
Looking Ahead: Elliott Carter’s Clarinet Concerto and Two Controversies and a Conversation receive their Hungarian premieres by the Ligeti Ensemble on September 16. Osmo Vänskä leads the Minnesota Orchestra in performances of Carter's Three Illusions for orhestra (Sep 19-21). Thierry Fischer leads the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and soloist Emmanuel Pahud in the South Korean premiere of Carter’s Flute Concerto, December 5-6.
Video: View a series of interviews with Elliott Carter talking about his life and music.
"There is often wit and humour to be heard in [Carter's] work; anger in some of the earlier big pieces; increasing lyricism and beauty in the compositions of the recent decades. He is America's great musical poet." — Andrew Porter, Musical America
“[Carter’s music is] often suffused with quiet delight, as if the Moderns’ great crisis of subjectivity might, and should, be looked on as an opportunity rather than an occasion for terrible doubt.” — Guy Dammann, Times Literary Supplement