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Judith Lang Zairnont is an internationally-recognized composer whose music is characterized by its expressive strength, dynamism, and rhythmic vitality. Her musical language is coloristic, employing a chromatic, almost centrifugal tonality which shrewdly balances the lyric and dramatic. In both instrumental and vocal works her distinctive style successfully captures emotion by creating vivid, flexible rhythms and sculpted lines within clearly defined forms.
Many works from Zaimont’s catalogue of more than 90 compositions have won prizes. Among her composition awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship and the Debussy Fellowship of the Alliance Frani;aise de New York; grants from the Presser Foundation, from the Maryland and Minnesota state arts councils, and from the National Endowment for the Arts and Minnesota Composers Forum. Her symphonic works have won several major prizes including the First Prize-Gold Medal in the Gottschalk Centenary International Composition Competition (1970), the Statue of Liberty Centennial Competition for Chamber Orchestra Composition (1986), and the 1994 McCollin International Composers Competition.
Her music is frequently played in the United States and abroad, and has been programmed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the National Gallery of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, and other major auditoriums on three continents, by such organizations as Connectkut Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, American Guild of Organists, (Bay Area) Women’s Philharmonic, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra (Boston), Florilegium Chamber Choir, and the Dale Warland Singers.