About

Justin Dello Joio, composer

Justin Dello Joio, born in New York City, is the seventh generation of composers in the Dello Joio family.

Recent activities include the world premiere of his Concerto for Piano Orchestra Oceans ‘Apart’ January 12,13,14, 2023 at Symphony Hall in Boston, commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra for Garrick Ohlsson. Due Per Due (2 for 2) was commissioned and premiered by NY Philharmonic Principal Cellist Carter Brey, at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, December 2010 and has been subsequently performed by cellist Jay Campbell, Julian Schwarz, and cellist Zlatomir Fung has scheduled performances in Italy and the US in fall of 2023 and 2024. Music for Piano Trio ‘The March of Folly' premiered at the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society on November 5, 2009, with Carter Brey, Ani Kavafian and Shai Wosner. The world premiere of his one act opera, Blue Mountain, was commissioned by Det Norske Blaseensemble, was given on October 8,9,10, 2007, at Kanonhalen in Oslo, Norway, as part of the Edvard Grieg Centennial celebrations and the 2007 Ultima Contemporary Music Festival. The opera was recorded and is released on Bridge Records. (Bridge 9273)

In March 2007, Bridge Records released an acclaimed CD recording (Bridge 9220) of several of his works, with pianist Garrick Ohlsson, performing his Sonata for Piano and Two Concert Etudes; and Music for Piano Trio "The March of Folly", performed by Ani Kavafian, violin, Carter Brey, cello, and Jeremy Denk, piano. Mr. Ohlsson included his Sonata in his spring concert tour, including New York City's Town Hall and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and he included his Concert Etudes on programs in several cities, including Cleveland and Santa Rosa. His celebratory work, Blue and Gold Music, commissioned for the American Brass Quintet and Organ, for the occasion of the 300th anniversary of The Trinity School in New York, premiered and was later recorded at New York's Riverside Church with organist Colin Fowler, and released on ABQ's 50th anniversary CD, ABQ: The State if the Art.

Dello Joio, currently published by Theodore Presser Co. and G. Schirmer, and EB Marks has composed orchestral, chamber, vocal, opera, and solo works, as well as music for chamber orchestra, and his work has been heard in the US, Europe, Taiwan and Korea. He has been the recipient of numerous awards: four from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, including their Thompson Award for Vocal Music, The American Academy Award in Music, The Lakond Award, and the Charles Ives Scholarship. He has received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, The 2016 American Prize for chamber music, and for opera, The Ettelson Chamber Music Award. He has received grants from National Endowment for the Arts, NY State Council on the Arts, Aaron Copland Recording Foundation, NY Foundation for the Arts, 2 Meet the Composer grants, The American Music Center CAPS award, and the Theodore Presser Foundation. On October 31, 2007, The Classical Recording Foundation awarded him their Composer of the Year Award at Weill /Carnegie Hall.

Dello Joio began piano at age 5, studying with pianists Constance Keene and Mieczeslav Munz, began composing at age 6, winning a scholarship to the Juilliard Pre College at age 7. At age 12, he began studying with composer, Ellen Taafe Zwilich and in high school, with composer Hall Overton and jazz pianist Roland Hanna. He completed his formal training at the Juilliard School, receiving an annual composition award while completing a B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees in composition, studying with Vincent Persichetti, Roger Sessions, and David Diamond.

Mr. Dello Joio resides in New York City, with his wife Marianne Bachmann and their daughter, writer Chiara Dello Joio. He teaches orchestration courses at the Juilliard school College division for the composition department, and is Faculty Composer in Residence at New York University, Steinhardt Music Department.