Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdon at Kimmel Center by Andrew Bogard
Year of birth, place
1962, Brooklyn / New York, United States

Jennifer Higdon enjoys a reputation as a technical maestro whose skills have a great impact on audiences. She has been praised by the »Washington Post« as "Higdon is a savvy, sensitive composer with a keen ear, an innate sense of form and a generous dash of pure esprit at her disposal.”

Her work covers a variety of genres, ranging from orchestral and chamber pieces to wind ensembles, vocal, choral pieces, and operas. Her works are rhythmically demanding. Time and again, individual experimental, avant-garde accents appear, but these are mainly integrated into traditional structures and sound worlds.

Jennifer Higdon has received three Grammys in the category Best Contemporary Classical Composition. In late September 2022, she celebrated the world premiere of her »Cold Mountain Suite«, which was commissioned by New Music for America. The work is adapted from her opera »Cold Mountain«. For the opera a consortium of more than 36 orchestras was assembled which were spread across the entire USA. The Delaware Symphony will premiere the work in Wilmington, Delaware. She received a commission from the American Brass Quintet and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music for a brass concerto which will be premiered in October 2022.