Eric Whitacre Confirmed as Friday's General Session Speaker!
Composer Eric Whitacre will serve as the keynote speaker during Friday's General Session at the AACD Annual Scientific Session in Washington, DC.
Whitacre completed his first concert work, Go, Lovely, Rose, at the age of 21. Eric went on to the Juilliard School (New York), earned his Master of Music degree and studied with Pulitzer Prize and Oscar-winning composer, John Corigliano.
Recent and forthcoming commissions include works for the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Julian Lloyd Webber and the Philharmonica Orchestra, Rundfunkchor Berlin, The King’s Singers and Conspirare. His musical, Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings, won both the ASCAP Harold Arlen award and the Richard Rodgers Award, and earned 10 nominations at the Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. A versatile composer, he has also worked with legendary film composer, Hans Zimmer, co-writing the mermaid theme for feature film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Eric’s ground-breaking Virtual Choir 1.0, Lux Aurumque, on YouTube received over a million views in just 2 months, featuring 185 choir members from 12 countries. Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 2.0 Sleep, released in April 2011, involves over 2,000 voices from 58 countries. An exceptional orator, he was honored to address the U.N. Leaders’ programe (2010) and give a TED Talk (TED.com, March 2011) earning the first full standing ovation of the conference.