Selected Alumni Bios

Paul Frucht

Originally from Danbury, CT, Paul Frucht is an emerging American composer whose music has been hailed for its “sense of lyricism, driving pulse, and great urgency” (WQXR). His music has recently been performed by the American Composers Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Weill-Cornell Music and Medicine Orchestra, the Chelsea Symphony, American Modern Ensemble, Ensemble dal Niente, the Les Deux Violin Duo, and the LONGLEASH Trio, and at the New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute, the Utah Arts Festival, and the pianoSonoma Music Festival, where he was composer-in-residence from 2014-2015. Highlights of 2016 include a world premiere of a new work for cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Marika Bournaki at Barge Music, commissions from the Resonant Grounds Initiative, the Kyoto International Music Festival in Japan, the Ridgefield Symphony, and the premiere of his orchestral work, Dawn, by the American Composers Orchestra on their 25th annual Underwood New Music Readings, for which he won the Audience Choice Award. This summer, Paul will return as the artistic director of the Danbury Chamber Music Intensive, a music festival Paul launched in 2015 in his hometown of Danbury, CT, that champions the work of Danbury native Charles Ives as well as today’s living American composers.

Paul is the recipient of numerous honors and awards in composition. In the spring of 2015, Paul was awarded a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is also the recipient of three of the most prestigious prizes awarded to composition students by the Juilliard School: the Gena Raps Chamber Music Prize, the Arthur Friedman Award for outstanding orchestral composition, and the Palmer Dixon Prize for the most outstanding work by a student composer in an academic year. He has also received recognition from Periapsis Music and Dance, the American Modern Ensemble, the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and the American Composers Orchestra’s EarShot program. He is the recipient of several scholarships from the Juilliard School, including the C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellowship, the Arlene J. Smith Scholarship, and the Marvin Hamlisch Scholarship in Composition.

In 2013, Paul graduated with Master of Music Degree in Composition from the Juilliard School, where he is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate. In 2011, he graduated Magna Cum Laude, earning a bachelor of music degree in Music Theory and Composition, from New York University’s Steinhardt School. His principal teachers have been Robert Beaser and Justin Dello Joio.