Born in Brooklyn in 1966, Harold Meltzer is Sequitur’s Co-Artistic Director As a composer he has received a number of important awards, including the 2004 Samuel Barber Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a 2004 Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship, awards from ASCAP and NACUSA, and residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, VCCA, and Ragdale. He graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College and holds degrees from King’s College, Cambridge and the Yale School of Music. (He also received a law degree from Columbia University). His teachers include Martin Bresnick, Anthony Davis, Jacob Druckman, Alexander Goehr, Jonathan Kramer, Tobias Picker, Lewis Spratlan, and Charles Wuorinen.
Works commissioned within the last year include Fortunes, commissioned by the ASCAP Foundation for the Delaware, North Carolina, and Pacific Symphony Orchestras; Full Faith and Credit, a concerto commissioned by Concert Artists Guild for bassoonist Peter Kolkay and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, and the Westchester Philharmonic; Sindbad, commissioned by Meet The Composer for the Peabody Trio and the Yellow Barn Music Festival; Brion, commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for the Cygnus Ensemble; and Giraffes, commissioned by the National Flute Association to be the required work for the association’s 2004 Young Artists’ Competition.
Harold Meltzer’s music has been recorded on the Albany and CRI labels and published by Urban Scrawl Music Company (ASCAP) and by G. Schirmer, Inc.