Lee Hyla


Lee Hyla was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and grew up in Greencastle, Ind. He has written for numerous performers, including Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Kronos Quartet (with Allen Ginsberg), Speculum Musicae, Lydian String Quartet, Tim Smith, Tim Berne, Rhonda Rider, Stephen Drury, Mia Chung, and Judith Gordon. He has received commissions from the Koussevitzky, Fromm, Barlow, and Naumburg foundations, the Mary Flagler Carey Charitable Trust, Concert Artist’s Guild, and two Meet the Composer/Reader’s Digest Consortium Commissions. He has also been the recipient of the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, a Guggenheim fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Goddard Lieberson Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Rome Prize.

B.M. with honors, NEC; M.A. SUNY/Stony Brook. Studies with Malcolm Peyton and David Lewin. Recordings on Nonesuch, New World, Tzadik, CRI, Opus One, Avant. Compositions published exclusively by Carl Fischer.

Selected works by Lee Hyla:
“A gentleman brought music to his lady's window, who hated him,...and when he persisted, she threw stones at him. Whereupon a friend of his that was within his company, said to him; "What greater honour can you have to your music, than that stones come about you, as they did to Orpheus."”
--Francis Bacon