Michael Zapruder

Composer Info

Michael Zapruder

Michael Zapruder’s portfolio includes works for solo instruments, mixed chamber groups, string quartet, wind ensemble, piano and vocalist, and computer. Using varied and sometimes conflicting compositional methods - some intuitive and free, some systematic and design-based - Zapruder’s only goal is to make music that is worth a listener’s time. As the Kent Kennan Graduate Fellow in composition at the University of Texas at Austin, Zapruder is working toward his D.M.A., currently studying with Dr. Donald Grantham. Recent awards include the 2013 Glenn Glasow Fellowship in Composition at California State University, East Bay, where he studied with Dr. Frank La Rocca and Dr. Rafael Hernandez; and a 2014 Seattle Composers Alliance Composers’ Competition award. Zapruder is an award-winning songwriter, touring performer and recording artist, with a substantial discography of recorded songs. These include four albums which combine rock instrumentation with orchestral, chamber, and electronic instruments, and Pink Thunder (2012, Black Ocean Books/Howells Transmitter), an album of songs made from poems by living American poets. Pink Thunder was selected by the Boston Globe as the Best Poetry Book of 2012, and called "a work of extraordinary merit and historical significance" by the Huffington Post. Zapruder lives in South Austin with his wife and two young sons.

Hildegard of Bingen, Josquin, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Scriabin, Ives, Messiaen, Bartok, Webern, Poulenc, Crumb, Adams, Hank Williams, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Elvis Costello...
Genres of Interest
chamber and orchestral, opera and hybrid staged vocal music, music for dance, algorithmic methodologies, visual/graphic scores
My Style
Vivid unities.

Student Information

Degree Pursuing
DMA, Composition
Austin, TX
Other Degrees
M.A., Composition, California State University, East Bay 2013


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3 years 38 weeks
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