Biography

Award-winning composer and pianist John Musto is regarded as one of the most versatile musicians before the public today. His richly allusive and eclectic style wedded to an exacting compositional technique has won him critical and audience acclaim throughout the world.

Mr. Musto was a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for his orchestral song cycle Dove Sta Amore. He has also garnered two Emmys and two CINE Awards for his scores written for television. In 2000 he was awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship at Bellagio, Italy. Mr. Musto has been featured on the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center and the Composer Portrait series at Columbia's Miller Theater.

His latest song cycle Penelope "made a grand vocal effect." exclaimed Anthony Tommasini after its premiere at the 92nd Street Y, and his Trio for violin, cello and piano, premiered by the Ahn Trio, was hailed as "attractive, songful and beautifully written for the medium" by Times critic Paul Griffiths.

Recent commissions have included Carnegie Hall, Chanticleer, the Metropolitan Museum, the Vail Valley Music Festival and the Wolftrap Foundation. Mr. Musto's dazzling Passacaglia for large orchestra was enthusiastically received at its premiere by the Dallas Symphony this past January.  In March of 2004, his eagerly awaited comic opera, Volpone, was premiered at the Wolf Trap Opera Company.

John Musto has been a visiting professor at Brooklyn College and is a frequent guest lecturer at the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music. As a pianist, Mr. Musto has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Nonesuch The Milken Archive, CRI and EMI, and his compositions have been recorded for Hyperion, Harmonia Mundi, MusicMasters, Innova, Channel Classics, Albany Records and New World Records.

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