John Corigliano is an American composer, born and educated in New York City. In 1964, his violin sonata won first prize at the Spoleto Festival Chamber Music Competition, launching a career that was furthered four years later by a Guggenheim fellowship. Since then, Corigliano has received frequent commissions from performers (James Galway, Pied Piper Fantasy), symphonies (Chicago Symphony, Symphony No. 1), and other groups, such as the Metropolitan Opera (The Ghosts of Versailles). His film score for Ken Russell’s Altered States was nominated for an Academy Award in 1980.