Mark Kilstofte is admired as a composer of lyrical line, engaging
harmony, strong, dramatic gesture and keen sensitivity to sound, shape
and event. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as "exciting and
beautiful, consistently gripping," his music has garnered a growing
number of awards and honors including the Rome Prize, the Guggenheim
Fellowship, ASCAP?s Rudolf Nissim Award, the Goddard Lieberson
Fellowship and Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of
Arts and Letters, the Aaron Copland Award (three times) and the Gardner
Read and Francis & William Schuman Fellowships from the MacDowell
Colony. He has also earned commissions from the Dale Warland Singers and
the Fromm Foundation. His music, performed regularly throughout the
United States and Canada, has been featured on NPR's Performance Today
and is heard in concert halls from Moscow to Bangkok.
Kilstofte's compositional style reflects his interest in everything from
Gesualdo to Jethro Tull. His innovative approach to form-he is the son
of a structural engineer-results in a music of tremendous integrity and
clarity which can be humorous one moment, achingly beautiful the next.
His music is published by The Newmatic Press.