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Michael Daugherty

Biography

Born: 1954; Cedar Rapids, IA  
Michael Daugherty was born in 1954 in Cedar Rapids, IA. Raised in a family of musicians (his father was a dance band drummer), Daugherty was subject to many different influences, and began playing keyboards in jazz, rock, and funk bands. It was these early influences and loves that later informed his formal music writing; his chamber music and symphonic works alike are based on references to American popular culture, including Elvis Presley, J. Read more Edgar Hoover, I Love Lucy, UFOs, Rosa Parks, spaghetti Western movies, and Barbie dolls. With these pieces, Daugherty has risen to be one of the most performed and talked-about composers of his time.

Daugherty received his bachelor's degree from North Texas State University in 1976. It was there that he composed his first work for orchestra. He then received a master of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Daugherty left the states on a Fulbright fellowship to attend Boulez's IRCAM in Paris in 1979. In 1980, he began his final graduate studies at Yale University. After completing the coursework requirement of the degree, he moved to Hamburg, Germany, to study privately with György Ligeti.

In 1986, Daugherty received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University and was hired to teach composition at the Oberlin Conservatory. The following year, he came to national attention after winning a Kennedy Center Friedheim award for Snap, Blue like an Orange! Over the next few years, Daugherty's music began to be performed all over the United States and appeared on many recordings. Some of the pieces he wrote at this time were the Metropolis Symphony for orchestra, Sing Sing: J. Edgar Hoover for 3 Elvis impersonators and string quartet, Bizzaro for symphonic winds, and Dead Elvis for chamber ensemble. Daugherty received critical acclaim and audience approval for his work including awards and fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Daugherty began teaching at the University of Michigan in 1991. Commissions during this period included Jackie-O for the Houston Grand Opera, UFO for percussionist Evelyn Glennie and orchestra, Spaghetti Western for English horn and orchestra for the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Hell's Angels, a concerto for bassoon quartet and orchestra. The Detroit Symphony, as part of his four-year appointment as composer-in-residence, premiered Motor City Triptych in 2000. Read less
Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway / Guerrero, Nashville Symphony
Release Date: 09/09/2016   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559798   Number of Discs: 1
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American Classics - Daugherty: Philadelphia Stories, Ufo / Glennie, Alsop, Et Al
Release Date: 10/19/2004   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559165   Number of Discs: 1
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American Classics - Daugherty: Fire & Blood, Raise The Roof / Kavafian, N. Jarvi, Detroit SO
Release Date: 08/25/2009   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559372   Number of Discs: 1
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Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony / Guerrero, Nashville SO
Release Date: 09/29/2009   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559635   Number of Discs: 1
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Wolf Rounds - Daugherty, Maslanka, Rouse / University Of Miami Frost Wind Ensemble
Release Date: 04/27/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572439   Number of Discs: 1
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    Walk in Beauty / Arciuli
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 255 Release Date: 07/28/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Connor Chee,  Peter Garland,  Kyle Gann,  Michael Daugherty  ... 
    Performer:  Emanuele Arciuli
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    Discoveries / Corporon, North Texas Wind Symphony
    Label: Gia Wind Works   Catalog: 1005 Release Date: 06/09/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Mackey,  Paul Dooley,  Jun Nagao,  Adam Schoenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North Texas Wind Symphony
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    Inventions / Corporon, North Texas Wind Symphony
    Label: Gia Wind Works   Catalog: 1004 Release Date: 05/12/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Towner Williams,  Gernot Wolfgang,  Bruce Broughton,  John Mackey  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North Texas Wind Symphony
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    Naxos: The Anniversary Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503293 Release Date: 04/14/2017   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Bettina Eger,  Ute Hartwich,  Martin Kevenhörster,  Hans-Martin Kothe  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl,  Georg Tintner,  Robert Stankovsky,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    The Lightning Fields / Bergman, Harlos
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1630 Release Date: 02/14/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Peaslee,  Daniel Schnyder,  Michael Daugherty,  Kevin Mckee  ... 
    Performer:  Jason Bergman,  Steven Harlos
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    Serenade / Stotter, U of Texas Arlington Wind Symphony
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 51930 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty,  Richard Strauss,  Antonín Dvorák,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Martha Walvoord
    Conductor:  Douglas Stotter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Texas at Arlington Wind Ensemble
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    Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway / Guerrero, Nashville Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559798 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Zuill Bailey,  Paul Jacobs
    Conductor:  Giancarlo Guerrero
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
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    Reflections / Haithcock, University of Michigan Symphony Band
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 137 Release Date: 02/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Bolcom,  Roshanne Etezady,  James Stephenson,  Kristin Kuster  ... 
    Performer:  Jeffrey Lyman,  Scott Piper,  Carol Jantsch
    Conductor:  Michael Haithcock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Michigan Symphony Band
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    Portals / Corporon, North Texas Wind Symphony
    Label: Gia   Catalog: 986 Release Date: 01/01/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adam Gorb,  Pitts, William S., Dr.,  Gottfried Stolzel,  Paul Dooley  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North Texas Wind Symphony
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    On Safari: Mirrorimage Goes Wild
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1528 Release Date: 12/08/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Naigus,  Michael Daugherty,  Mark Schultz,  Paul Basler  ... 
    Performer:  Tomoko Kanamaru,  Lisa Bontrager,  Michelle Stebleton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mirrorimage Horn Duo
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    The Making Of A Medium, Vol. 21: Amercain Images 6
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 971 Release Date: 12/04/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Evan Chambers,  Michael Daugherty,  Pamela Madsen,  Gerald Cohen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdehr Trio
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    Barnstorming
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 132 Release Date: 09/08/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  William Bolcom,  Paul Schoenfield,  Michael Daugherty  ... 
    Performer:  Mark Rush,  Tannis Gibson
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    The Best Of Giancarlo Guerrero And The Nashville Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 950141 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty,  Astor Piazzolla,  Roberto Sierra,  Richard Danielpour  ... 
    Performer:  Terrence Wilson,  Tianwa Yang,  Daniel Binelli,  Nathan J. Laube  ... 
    Conductor:  Giancarlo Guerrero
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    Points Of Departure / Haithcock, University Of Michigan Symphony Band
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 110 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Bolcom,  Frank Ticheli,  Evan Chambers,  Michael Daugherty  ... 
    Performer:  Yehonatan Berick,  Irene Wu,  Al Gordon
    Conductor:  Michael Haithcock
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    American Journeys
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11194 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Williams,  Morton Gould,  Michael Daugherty,  Donald Grantham  ... 
    Performer:  Dan S. Vinson
    Conductor:  Kenneth W. Megan Jr.,  Richard E. Wyman
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    American Pop: Works Of Michael Daugherty
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503267 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Erik Gratton,  Terrence Wilson,  Ann Richards,  Evelyn Glennie
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop,  Giancarlo Guerrero
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Nashville Symphony Orchestra,  Colorado Symphony Orchestra
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    Daugherty: Mount Rushmore / Carl St. Clair, Pacific Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559749 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Paul Jacobs
    Conductor:  Carl St. Clair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Symphony Orchestra,  Pacific Chorale
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    American Art / Amy Porter, Christopher Harding
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 114 Release Date: 03/12/2013  
    Composer:  Eldin Burton,  Robert Beaser,  Michael Daugherty,  Christopher Caliendo
    Performer:  Amy Porter,  Christopher Harding
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    Lost Vegas
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11195 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Michael Daugherty,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Patrick Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Eric Marienthal,  Otto Ehling,  Bernie Dresel,  Christian Tamburr  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas G. Leslie
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    Michael Daugherty: American Byways
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 112 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Hong Zhu,  Tess Remy-schumacher,  Ben Davis,  Yida Hu  ... 
    Conductor:  Brian Lamb
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University Of Central Oklahoma Wind Symphony,  University Of Central Oklahoma Chamber Collegium
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    Gee's Bend: Gitarrenkonzerte Des 20./21. Jahrhunderts
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1211 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elmer Bernstein,  Malcolm Arnold,  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Thorsten Drucker
    Conductor:  Rasmus Baumann
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    Artifacts / Haithcock, University Of Michigan Symphony Band
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 100 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bright Sheng,  Joel Puckett,  Michael Daugherty,  Kristin Kuster  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Haithcock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Michigan Symphony Band,  Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet
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  • 23.
    Daugherty: Fire & Blood, Flamingo, Ladder To The Moon /   Halffter,   Da Costa
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4671957 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Alexandre Da Costa
    Conductor:  Pedro Halffter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra Soloists
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  • 24.
    Pathos, Passion & Patriotism - La Traviata, Carmen, Jackie O
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 33685 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet,  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Saimir Pirgu,  Patrick Delcour,  Cristiano Cremonini,  Lorenzo Muzzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Paolo Arrivabeni,  Carlo Montanaro,  Christopher Franklin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre De L’Opéra Royal De Wallonie,  Chorus De L'Opéra Royal De Wallonie,  Macerata Opera Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 25.
    Daugherty: Route 66 / Marin Alsop, Bournemouth Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559613 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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