Richard Danielpour has been commissioned by many international music institutions, festivals, and artists, including soloists Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Dawn Upshaw, Emanuel Ax, Frederica von Stade, Thomas Hampson, and Gary Graffman; the Guarneri, Emerson, and American string quartets and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio; and institutions such as the New York City and Pacific Northwest ballets, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia and Stuttgart Radio orchestras, Orchestre National de France, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, among others.
With Nobel laureate Toni Morrison he created Margaret Garner, his first opera, which premiered to sold-out houses in Detroit, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia in 2005 and had its New York premiere at New York City Opera in 2007.
Dr. Danielpour has received a Grammy Award, two Rockefeller Foundation grants, a Charles Ives Fellowship and Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bearns Prize from Columbia University, and grants and residencies from the Barlow Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Copland House, and American Academy in Rome.
In 2002 he was awarded a fellowship to the American Academy in Berlin, and he was the third composer--after Stravinsky and Copland--to be signed to an exclusive recording contract by Sony Classical.
Dr. Danielpour joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1997. He is also on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.