Composer and Pianist, Kendall Durelle Briggs, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1959. He received his Bachelors degree from Pacific Lutheran University and his Masters and Doctorate from The Juilliard School. He has been honored with numerous awards and prizes including Charles Ives Prize from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
His works are played throughout the world, his most recent works include his opera The Hypochonriac, based on Molière’s Le Malade Imaginaire and his Magnificat for two soprano soli, chorus, orchestra premiered in Italy at L’Accademia del Teatro “Citta di Cagli”; Accademia Opera Festival. His Symphony No. 2 premiered by Westchester Symphony Orchestra; his Sinfonietta for String Orchestra and “…a riveder le stele”, Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra by The Prometheus Chamber Orchestra.
His “Musica Dolorosa” Sextet for Strings, Suite for Orchestra, and Serenade for Chamber Orchestra were commissioned for and premiered by The Sebastian Chamber Players. His most recent compositions include his First Suite for Solo Cello, the first of six suites commissioned by the cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir.
He is the author of The Language and Materials of Music, a treatise of Common Practice Harmony, Third Edition and Tonal Counterpoint, a complete treatise on counterpoint, canon and fugue in the Common Practice. He has also published open score editions of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Inventions and Sinfonias and The Goldberg Variations. He is also currently working on a new book, “Symbol and Allegory in Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier” to be released in the near future. He is currently Professor of Music at The Juilliard School.