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Ezra Laderman is a distinguished and widely performed composer. His twelve string quartets, eleven concertos, and eight symphonies are notable contributions to the repertory. His commissions have included works for the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony; and for the orchestras of Minnesota, Dallas, Louisville, Houston, Detroit, Albany, Denver, New Jersey, Indianapolis, Syracuse, and New Haven. He has written music for two Academy Award-winning films, six dramatic oratorios, music for dance, and seven operas, including Marilyn, based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, which premiered at the New York City Opera in 1993. He has written for such chamber ensembles as the Tokyo, Juilliard, Concord, Colorado, Lenox, Vermeer, Audubon, and Composers quartets and for soloists Yo-Yo Ma, Judith Raskin, Elmar Oliveira, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Samuel Baron, Sherrill Milnes, Emanuel Ax, Eugene List, Ronald Roseman, Bernard Garfield, and Ilana Vered, among many others.
Laderman was Dean of the Yale School of Music from 1989-1995 and is currently Professor of Music. He has been chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts composer-librettist program, president of the American Music Center, director of the music program of the National Endowment for the Arts, president of the National Music Council, chairman of the board of the American Composers Orchestra, and president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He has received three Guggenheim fellowships, the Rome Prize, and has had residencies at the Bennington Composers Conference, the American Academy in Rome, and at the Rockefeller Foundation at Bellagio.