|Birth Day||February 16, 1938|
|Birth Place||New York|
|Age||82 YEARS OLD|
Award-winning classical-music composer whose teaching career influenced and mentored many future greats.
He was assistant to the producer for the Leonard Bernstein Young People's Concerts and worked for André Watts and other classical artists as a session producer.
He won the 1999 Academy Award for Best Original Score for "The Red Violin," the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Music for Symphony No. 2, and the Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for "Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan" in 2009.
His father was a concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for 23 years.
He taught many future composers and musicians, including Academy Award winner Elliot Goldenthal and Grammy Award winner Eric Whitacre.