Michael Gandolfi has written works for the London Sinfonietta, Riverside Symphony Orchestra, Parnassus, Speculum Musicae, Sonor, Boston Musica Viva, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and the Orpheus, Los Angeles, and St. Paul chamber orchestras.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra has performed Gandolfi's Points of Departure, written for Orpheus, and excerpts from his suite The Garden of Cosmic Speculation. He received the first Paul Jacobs Memorial Commission from the Tanglewood Music Center in 1987, and has also received commissions and grants from the Fromm, Koussevitzky, and Guggenheim foundations and the NEA, among others. Gandolfi has received the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters’ Charles E. Ives and Academy-Institute awards.
In 2008, a recording of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation was released on Telarc in a performance by its first interpreter, Robert Spano leading the Atlanta Symphony. The recording received a Grammy Award nomination. In 2009 Boston Modern Orchestra Project released a recording of Y2K Compliant, the outcome of several concerts in which Gandolfi's music has been performed.
B.M., M.M. with honors in composition, NEC. Studies with Oliver Knussen, William Thomas McKinley, and John Heiss. Former faculty of Harvard University. Director of Compositional Activities, Tanglewood Music Center.