Chester Biscardi's music has been featured at the Gaudeamus Festival in Rotterdam, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in England, Music Today-Japan in Tokyo, the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, the North American New Music Festival in Buffalo, Piccolo Spoleto and the 21st Annual Bienal of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Performances have also been sponsored by such organizations as the American Composers Orchestra, the BBC-London, the Gothia Percussion Ensemble of Sweden, the Houston Symphony, the National Flute Association, the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, the Orchestra della Radiotelevisione Italiana in Rome and UNESCO/International Music Council. His work is published by Merion Music of Theodore Presser, C.F. Peters and the American Composers Edition.
Biscardi is the recipient of the Prix de Rome, the Japan Foundation Fellowship, an Ives Scholarship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as grants from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others.
Born in 1948 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, he holds an M.A. in Italian Literature and an M.M. in Musical Composition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale. He is currently chairman of the music department at Sarah Lawrence College.
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