Composer-conductor Gunther Schuller wins MacDowell Medal

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Posted: Apr 05, 2015 10:48 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Gunther Schuller, the award-winning composer and conductor, has won the prestigious Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement.

The MacDowell Colony, the artist residency program that sponsors the medal, praised Schuller for his "laser-sharp ears" and "sensitive, fertile, creative mind." Schuller will receive his medal Aug. 9 on the MacDowell grounds in Peterborough, New Hampshire, the colony announced Sunday.

The 89-year-old Schuller has a long history of jazz and classical recordings and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for his composition "Of Reminiscences and Reflections." He has also won two Grammys, for notes to his album "Footlifters" and for best chamber music as conductor of the New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble on "Joplin: The Red Back Book."

Previous recipients of the MacDowell Medal include Robert Frost, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.