Dr. Tyshawn Sorey Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

Posted in News on May 7, 2024
Dr. Tyshawn Sorey.
Dr. Tyshawn Sorey. Photo: Nathan Bajar

BMI is tremendously proud to congratulate composer Dr. Tyshawn Sorey for winning the 2024 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his work, Adagio (For Wadada Leo Smith), which was announced Monday by Columbia University. The Pulitzer Board designates the Music prize for a distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the previous year. The Board describes Sorey’s work, premiered by the Atlanta Symphony in February 2023, as “an introspective saxophone concerto with a wide range of textures presented in a slow tempo, a beautiful homage that’s quietly intense, treasuring intimacy rather than spectacle.”

“Tyshawn’s voice is wholly original, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see his work honored by the highest distinction an American composer can receive,” said Deirdre Chadwick, BMI’s Executive Director, Classical Creative.

The Pulitzer Prize will be awarded to Dr. Sorey in a dinner ceremony later this year at the Low Library on the Columbia University campus.

We congratulate Dr. Sorey once again for this tremendous achievement.



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