August 31, 1952 - June 6, 2014
Lee Hyla was born in Niagara Falls, New York, and grew up in Greencastle, Indiana. He studied composition with Malcolm Peyton and John Heiss at the New England Conservatory, and at S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook with David Lewin. His musical background also included extensive experience as a pianist in new music, rock, and free improvisation. He wrote for numerous performers including the Midori / Vadim Repin commissioning project, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet (with Allen Ginsberg), The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Speculum Musicae, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Lydian String Quartet, Triple Helix, the Firebird Ensemble, Tim Smith, Tim Berne, Rhonda Rider, Stephen Drury, Mia Chung, Judith Gordon, Mary Nessinger, and Boston Musica Viva.
His honors include the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Goddard Lieberson Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the St. Botolph Club Award, and the Rome Prize. Hyla served as Resident Composer of the American Academy in Rome and was a composition fellow at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.
His music has been recorded on Nonesuch, New World, Avant, Tzadik, and C.R.I., and is published exclusively by Carl Fischer. For several years he was chairman of the composition department at the New England Conservatory, where he taught from 1992 to 2007. In September 2007 he began an appointment as the Wyatt Chair of Music Composition at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.