Tobias Picker

American composer Tobias Picker's music has been commissioned and performed by the New York Philharmonic; the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Cleveland Orchestra; the Chicago Symphony; the San Francisco Symphony; the Minnesota Orchestra; the BBC Proms; the Munich, Helsinki, and Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestras; and numerous leading international festivals, chamber ensembles, and soloists. Picker’s first opera, Emmeline (1996), received its premiere at Santa Fe Opera and was telecast nationally by PBS Great Performances. This led to commissions by Los Angeles Opera, (Fantastic Mr. Fox) the Dallas Opera, (Therese Raquin), the Metropolitan Opera (An American Tragedy) and San Francisco Opera (Dolores Claiborne). New productions have appeared at New York City Opera; the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; and throughout the U.S. and Europe. By age twenty-six, Picker had received the BMI Award, a Charles Ives Scholarship, two fellowships from NEA, and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Later he received the Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Picker’s piano concerto, Keys to the City (1983), was commissioned by the City of New York for the centenary of Brooklyn Bridge. Tobias Picker holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School, and Princeton University. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012, he was recently named artistic director of The Opera San Antonio.