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A featured composer by leading soloists, ensembles, conductors, and organizations throughout North America, Jude Vaclavik has been commissioned recently by the New York Philharmonic, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, New Juilliard Ensemble, New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute, and American Festival for the Arts. 

A native Houstonian, Vaclavik’s urge to compose was instigated in his youth by the music of living composers, and eventually led to his enrollment at The Juilliard School.  Vaclavik graduated from Juilliard in 2011 as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow (B.M. 2005, M.M. 2007, and D.M.A. 2011), where he studied composition with John Corigliano (2001-2002) and Christopher Rouse (2002-2009).  As a Composition Fellow at the Aspen School of Music in 2008, he studied with Anders Hillborg.

Vaclavik was the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra’s Composer-in-Residence for the 2011-2012 season under Music Director Tomasz Golka.  In recognition of his works, he received a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2010), an ASCAP Morton Gould Award (2009), and two Palmer-Dixon Prizes from Juilliard (2007, 2010).

Vaclavik’s works are hyper-expressive in nature, with dramatic vigor as a central creative impulse.  Not bound by preconceived compositional ideals, his sensitivity and receptiveness to all musical influences empowers a free pursuit of expression.

Recently commissioned by the New York Philharmonic for the CONTACT! new-music series, Vaclavik is composing a new work for a large brass and percussion ensemble, which will receive its premiere under conductor Jayce Ogren at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in December of 2012.

Vaclavik is a resident of the New York City, where he lives with his wife, Hilary, and Boston Terrier, Olive.