Mario Davidovsky

Biography

Born: March 4, 1934; Buenos Aires, Argentina  
Mario Davidovsky is a renowned composer who is best known for his work in electronic music. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for his Synchronism No. 6 for piano and tape. Davidovsky began his musical training at the early age of 7 while still residing in Argentina. He went on to study at the Collegium Musicium before entering the Bartolome Mitre School at the University of Buenos Aires. He began composing at age 13 and studied under Read more Guillermo Graetzer.

In 1958, Davidovsky traveled to the U.S. to study at the Berkshire Music Center with Aaron Copland, who was not a fan of electronic music, believing it to be limited by its reliance on electronic media. Milton Babbitt encouraged Davidovsky to permanently move to New York City in 1960. Since coming to the U.S., he has taught at the Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, City University, CUNY, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Michigan. He also was a visiting professor at the Di Tella Institute in Argentina, and in January 1994, he joined the music department at Harvard University.

In addition to his teaching and composing, Davidovsky served as director of the Koussevitsky Foundation at the Library of Congress, director of the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, and chairman of the Electronic Music Center at Columbia University. He founded and served as the vice president of the Robert Miller Fund for Music. Davidovsky has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Brandeis Creative University Creative Arts Award, a Koussevitsky Fellowship, the Williams Foundation Fellowship, and two Rockefeller Fellowships. He became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1982. In 1997, he received the honored Christopher and Stephan Kaske Foundation Music prize for his contributions in developing contemporary music.

His many commissions have come from such prestigious institutions as Harvard's Fromm Foundation, the Julliard String Quartet, the Pan American Union, the Koussevitsky Foundation, Yale University, the Emerson String Quartet, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition, he has received commissions from Speculum Musicae, the Naumburg Foundation, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Davidovsky is perhaps best known for combining live instrumental performances with pre-recorded electronic sound. He composed a series of eight Synchronisms for various instruments. Mario Davidovsky is currently the Fanny P. Mason Professor of Music at Harvard University. Read less
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  • 26.
    Songs Of Solitude - Carter, Et Al / Curtis Macomber
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 706 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Shulamit Ran,  Mario Davidovsky,  John Harbison,  Steven R. Gerber  ... 
    Performer:  Curtis Macomber
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    New Music With Guitar Vol 5 / David Starobin
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9042 Release Date: 02/13/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mel Powell,  Tom Flaherty,  Roger Reynolds,  Mario Davidovsky  ... 
    Performer:  David Starobin,  Matthew Elgart,  Peter Yates,  Todd Seelye  ... 
    Conductor:  David Milnes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elgart - Yates Guitar Duo,  Anderson-Fader Guitar Duo,  Southern Methodist University Meadows Symphony
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    Boston Musica Viva Plays Schwanter, Ives, Berio, Et Al
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1011 Release Date: 12/14/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Donald Harris,  Mario Davidovsky,  Luciano Berio,  Charles Ives  ... 
    Performer:  Evelyn Zuckerman,  Nancy Cirillo,  Jay Humeston,  William Wrzesien  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Pittman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Musica Viva
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  • 29.
    Aequalis - Works By Brody, Davidovsky, Gideon, Steifer, Ung
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80412 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Chinary Ung,  Miriam Gideon,  Mario Davidovsky,  Martin Brody  ... 
    Performer:  Elizabeth Mohr,  Fred Bronstein,  Michael Parola
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aequalis
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  • 30.
    Korf, Davidovsky, Wright / Rothman, Sherry, Riverside Sym
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80383 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Wright,  Mario Davidovsky,  Anthony Korf
    Performer:  Fred Sherry
    Conductor:  George Rothman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Riverside Symphony
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    Songs of America / Jan DeGaetani, Gilbert Kalish
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79178 Release Date: 05/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  Aaron Copland,  William Bolcom,  Aaron Jay Kernis  ... 
    Performer:  Joyce Robbins,  Jan DeGaetani,  Gilbert Kalish
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