What composer Theodore Wiprud does best is capture the soul of 21st-century America.”

—Classical Music Sentinel

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Theodore Wiprud: A Short Bio

Born 1958, Washington, D.C.  Resides in New York City.

Theodore Wiprud is a composer who plays important roles as educator, concert presenter, and music executive. His compositions are known for the impact they make on performers and audiences, reflecting his interaction with both adult and young listeners as Vice President, Education at the New York Philharmonic.

Among recent works, Wiprud’s Violin Concerto (Katrina), composed for Ittai Shapira, has been released with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic on Champs Hill Records, to acclaim. His one-act opera My Last Duchess, with libretto by Tom Dulack based on poetry by Robert Browning, premiered in April 2012. His 2014 work Mudang, combining Korean p’iri with string quartet, has been heard on three continents.

Many of Wiprud’s works explore spiritual experience, like the orchestral Hosannas of the Second Heaven and Grail; his two string quartets; and a number of choral pieces. Other works respond to American literature, including American Journal, based on Robert Hayden’s poem, and A Georgia Song, a setting of Maya Angelou.

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Wiprud graduated cum laude in biochemistry at Harvard and earned a master’s in theory and composition at Boston University, where he worked with David Del Tredici. He also studied with Robin Holloway at Cambridge University, and with Jacob Druckman and Bernard Rands at Aspen.

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Upcoming Performances

  1. Reflexions at The College of New Jersey

    February 23 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  2. Premiere of Songs for Allegra

    April 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


American Violin Concertos

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Violin Concerto (Katrina) performed by Ittai Shapira and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Fire In Heaven And Earth

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The first recording devoted to the composer's work, featuring four works of vocal, chamber, and orchestral music.

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The American Evolution

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FREE CD AVAILABLE—Sonata For Piano performed by Kris Carlisle on Piano Sonatas, Phase 2 of his recording project.

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