John Anthony Lennon 
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"The language of music is the most mysterious of all."


John Anthony Lennon

John Anthony Lennon has been commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Theatre Chamber Players, the Library of Congress, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the National Endowment for the Arts Orchestral Consortium, the Fromm Foundation, the Kronos Quartet and many other groups and institutions. His music has been performed by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, The Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra, The National Symphony, The Atlanta Symphony, The Rome Radio Orchestra, The Kiev Festival Orchestra and recorded by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to the Rome Prize, Guggenheim, Friedheim and Charles Ives Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Lennon has been the recipient of numerous honors and prizes and has held fellowships at Tanglewood, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Villa Montalvo, Yaddo, the Bolgiasco Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony as a Norlin Foundation Fellow. Other residencies have been at the Valparaiso Foundation in Spain, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, and The Camargo Foundation in France. Lennon resides in San Rafael, California.

 Reared in Mill Valley, California, Lennon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature at the University of San Francisco, and holds a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Michigan where he studied with Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, and William Albright.

 Lennon is published by C.F. Peters, Dorn Publications, Michael Lorimer Editions, ECS, Fatrock Ink (Presser), Columbia University Press and the Oxford University Press. In addition to Albany Records, recordings are with Bridge Records, Capstone, Open Loop, Equilibrium, and others.

 Biographical material may be found in The New Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians and the Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music. Interview with Robert Raines, Composition in the Digital World, Oxford University Press, 2015.

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