Today is the birthday of American pianist and composer DAVID DEL TREDICI. Born as David Walter del Tredici in Cloverdale, California, he studied at Berkeley and Princeton.  In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, he has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship and Woodrow Wilson fellowship, a Brandeis Creative Arts Award, a Friedheim Award, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and election to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

Del Tredici’s works are regularly commissioned by major orchestras in America and abroad. His “On Wings of Song” was premiered in New York City in 2004 as part of the Riverside Opera Ensemble’s 20th Anniversary Concert.  His notable students include John Adams, Richard St. Clair and Tison Street.