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Raymond Lustig

New York, NY            

“…entrancing…surreally beautiful…ecstatic…rapturous” — The New York Times

“…inspired…hauntingly beautiful…gorgeous success” — Slate

“Lustig is writing music charged with intensity and leavened with intelligence,” wrote the American Academy of Arts Letters recently in awarding composer Raymond J. Lustig its prestigious Charles Ives Fellowship.  Lustig’s numerous awards include ASCAP’s Rudolf Nissim Prize, the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Aaron Copland Award from Copland House.  His music has been presented in venues ranging from New York City clubs and galleries to major concert halls and festivals around the world—from Le Poisson Rouge and Symphony Space, to Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the École Normale in Paris, as well as the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, Caramoor Festival, Norfolk Festival, Bowling Green Festival, European American Musical Alliance in Paris, St. Louis Guitar Festival, New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, New York Festival of Song, Beyond the Machine Festival, New York Academy of Medicine, and Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Schwandorfand Germany.

Performances, commissions, and grants have come from American Composers Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, The Academy (of Juilliard, Carnegie Hall,  and Weill Music Institute), the Juilliard Symphony, Bowling Green Philharmonia, Metropolis Ensemble, TENET vocal ensemble, American Opera Projects, New Juilliard Ensemble, Blind Ear Music, Da Capo Chamber Players, Avian Music, Duo Noire, Duo Öllinger-Stueber, counter)induction, New York State Council on the Arts, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the New York Choreographic Institute, and others.  Lustig’s music has been recorded on Albany Records (UNSTUCK for orchestra) and Avian Music (You Catching?).  Also a published researcher in molecular biology, Lustig is deeply inspired by science, nature, and the mind, and he has been Artist in Residence of the Imagine Science Film Festival.

LATENCY CANONS, excerpt / American Composers Orchestra / Gildas Quartet

“…entrancing…surreally beautiful…ecstatic…rapturous” (New York Times)

“…inspired…arresting…hauntingly beautiful…a glitchy, gorgeous success” (Slate)

For four ensembles in different geographical locations, Premiered at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, and simultaneously at Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK, April 2013. American Composers Orchestra (US), Gildas Quartet (UK), conductors George Manahan (han (US) and Dane Lam (UK).

Latency Canons (2013)

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COMPOSAGRAMS – Compilation No. 1

A compilation of several “composagrams,” 15-second audio-video compositions, an ongoing regular collaborative project.

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SEMMELWEIS – music theater work-in-progress

Vienna, ca. 1848 Hungarian-born obstetrician Ignaz Semmelweis, working at Europe’s premier hospital the Vienna Algemeine Krankenhaus, is drawing upon every experience of his life as he struggles to find the solution to one of history’s most devastating childbed fever epidemics, which is killing mothers at a horrific rate. But convincing the world of his simple solution will be a battle not just against the rigid Viennese status quo, but against his deepest demons.

Latency Canons (2013)

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NewMusicBox Articles

Articles May 14 2020 | By Raymond Lustig
Pandemic, Blind Spots, and the Story of Ignaz Semmelweis

Raymond Lustig's 2018 opera SEMMELWEIS, which is based on the story of 19th-century Hungarian physician who pioneered hand washing and antiseptic procedures, is streaming for free this month online. We...