American composer Michael Kurek’s music, hailed for its melodic neoromanticism, has garnered performances by symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles in fifteen countries on five continents.
His many awards for music include the prestigious Academy Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (the Academy’s top lifetime achievement award in composition), and he has served on the Classical Nominations Committee for the Grammy Awards. His 2017 album, The Sea Knows, was No. 1 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart.
He holds the doctorate in composition from the University of Michigan and has served on the faculty of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN for 31 years. The Panhellenic Council and all ten sororities of the university recently presented him with the award “Best Music Educator at Vanderbilt.”