David Lang, Keynote Speaker at The Culture of Innovation, ISPA's 65th Annual Congress, in New York City on January 15-17, 2013. View the full Schedule of Events.
David Lang received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for the little match girl passion, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the vocal ensemble Theater of Voices, directed by Paul Hillier. His recent works include love fail for the early music vocal ensemble Anonymous 4, with libretto and staging by Lang, at the Kennedy Center, UCLA and the Next Wave Festival at BAM; reason to believe, for Trio Mediaeval and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra; death speaks, for Shara Worden, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Owen Pallett, at Carnegie Hall; writing on water for the London Sinfonietta, with libretto and visuals by English filmmaker Peter Greenaway; and the difficulty of crossing a field, a fully staged opera with the Kronos Quartet. The CD of the little match girl passion, on Harmonia Mundi, won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance.
Lang is Musical America’s Composer of the Year for 2013 and will hold Carnegie Hall’s Richard and Barbara Debs Chair in Composition for the 2013/2014 season. He is Professor of Composition at the Yale School of Music and co-founder of New York's legendary music festival, Bang on a Can.