Awards & Winners

Joan Tower

Date of Birth 06-September-1938
Place of Birth New Rochelle
(New York, Westchester County)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Tower, Joan, Tower Joan
Profession Composer, Pianist, Conductor
Joan Tower is a Grammy-winning contemporary American composer, concert pianist and conductor. Lauded by the New Yorker as "one of the most successful woman composers of all time", her bold and energetic compositions have been performed in concert halls around the world. After gaining recognition for her first orchestral composition, Sequoia, a tone poem which structurally depicts a giant tree from trunk to needles, she has gone on to compose a variety of instrumental works including Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, which is something of a response to Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, the Island Prelude, two string quartets, and an assortment of other tone poems. Tower was pianist and founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players, which commissioned and premiered many of her early works, including her widely-performed Petroushskates.

Awards by Joan Tower

Check all the awards nominated and won by Joan Tower.


Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition
Honored for : Made in America

Nominations 2007 »

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Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition Made in America


Nominations 1993 »

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Pulitzer Prize for Music Violin Concerto