CAPE COD, Mass.–ASCAP member and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Stephen Albert died in a car accident here Dec. 27. He was 51.
Albert was the 1985 Pulitzer for his orchestral composition “Riverrun,” and has been the recipient of numerous honors including the Prix de Rome, the Columbia-Bearns Prize and the Lancaster Award.
Born in New York City, Albert attended the Eastman School of Music and the Philadelphia Musical Academy. He also taught at the Julliard School and Boston University. His works have been performed by many major symphonies and orchestras.
Albert won grants from the NEA and the Fromm, Ford, and Guggenheim foundations and commissions from the Chicago, National and Baltimore symphonies. He served as resident composer of the Seattle Symphony and Opera from 1985-88. He also was the resident composer at several leading music festivals.
He is survived by his wife Marilyn, and son Joshua, 22, both also injured in the accident, and a daughter Katie, 20.