Jennifer Higdon (born 31 December 1962 in Brooklyn, NY) maintains a full schedule of commissions and her music is known for its technical skill and audience appeal. Hailed by The Washington Post as "a savvy, sensitive composer with a keen ear, an innate sense of form and a generous dash of pure esprit," she is one of America's most frequently performed composers.
Her works have been recorded on over two dozen CDs. In 2004, the Atlanta Symphony released the Grammy-winning Higdon: Concerto for Orchestra/City Scape. In fall of 2006, NAXOS released a recording of Higdon's chamber works (performed by the Cypress String Quartet). At the same time, Cedille released a recording of Zaka, performed by eighth blackbird, and Crystal Records released a recording of DASH, performed by the Verdehr Trio.
Higdon enjoys more than 200 performances a year of her works. Her work blue cathedral is one of the most-performed orchestral works by a living composer (more than 140 orchestras have performed the work since its 2000 premiere).
She teaches composition at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Works for Winds
- Jennifer Higdon - Official Website
- Salzman, Timothy, editor. (2012) A Composer's Insight. Volume 5. Galesville, Md.: Meredith Music Publications. pp. 117–141.