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Michael Djupstrom is MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year.

Michael Djupstrom has been selected as the 2005 MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year.

Djupstrom was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1980, and began piano studies at age 8. He continued his training at the University of Michigan with Lynne Bartholomew, Sergio de los Cobos and Katherine Collier, and began formal composition study with composers Bright Sheng, Susan Botti, William Bolcom and Karen Tanaka. As a composition fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2002 and 2003, Djupstrom worked with composers Michael Gandolfi, Augusta Read Thomas, Osvaldo Golijov and George Benjamin, as well as conductors John Oliver and Stefan Asbury, among others. At the 2005 Aspen Music Festival and School, Djupstrom's teachers were Robert Beaser and Christopher Rouse. Djupstrom received his B.M. and M.A. degrees in music composition from the University of Michigan. He currently teaches piano and theory at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, and is active as a freelance composer and pianist.

Djupstrom's compositions and piano performances have been recognized through awards and scholarships from institutions such as the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the ASCAP Foundation, the BMI Foundation, the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, and the Sigurd and Jarmila Rislov Foundation, among others. In 2002, his first work for wind ensemble, Homages, was awarded the Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize from Ithaca College and the first Frederick Fennell Prize from ASCAP and the College Band Directors National Association. His works have been commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center in collaboration with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Michigan MTA, saxophonists Donald Sinta and Brian Sacawa, and the Bishop Ireton Symphonic Wind Ensemble, among others. Selected performers of his works include the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the University of Southern California Wind Ensemble, the Eastman Wind Orchestra, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and the new music ensembles Brave New Works, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and the New Fromm Players at Tanglewood. As part of a team of eight composers, Djupstrom also provided music for a 2003 production of King Lear at the Shakespeare & Company of Lenox, Massachusetts. His music is published by Bright Press and Boosey & Hawkes.

As a pianist, Djupstrom's interest and extensive experience in solo and chamber music performance has led to appearances at venues such as Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, the Tanglewood Music Center, the University of Michigan, Temple University, the University of Minnesota, "A Capitol New Year" New Year's Eve celebration in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Brevard Music Center, where he participated in the 2004 Advanced Chamber Music Program as a member of the Phoenix Trio, an ensemble that remains active today. He has also performed with the University of Michigan Symphony Band and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra as ensemble pianist, as well as served as accompanist for the University Choir in 2002-2003 and the Men's Glee Club for 2001-2002, whose season ended in a performance tour of the southeastern United States.
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Date:Jun 1, 2006
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