A prolific composer by the age of 15, Thomas Pasatieri studied with Nadia Boulanger before receiving a scholarship to The Juilliard School at the age of 16. His composition teachers there included Vittorio Giannini and Vincent Persichetti. At 19 he received the first doctorate awarded by Juilliard. He also studied with Darius Milhaud at Aspen where, at 19, his chamber opera, The Women, won the Aspen Festival prize. Other honors include the Richard Rodgers Scholarship, the Marion Freschl Prize, the Irving Berlin Fellowship, and an Emmy Award.
Pasatieri has taught at Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Cincinnati Conservatory. He directed the Atlanta Opera from 1980 to 1984 and, early in 1984, moved to California to work in films and television. He now resides in New York, and divides his time between composing and the presidency of his film production company, Topaz Productions.
Pasatieri has composed more than 400 songs, many with chamber ensemble accompaniment. His songs and operas have been performed by such artists as: Janet Baker, Frederica von Stade, Shirley Verrett, Catherine Malfitano, Evelyn Lear, James Morris, Thomas Stewart, and the late Jennie Tourel. Highly emotional characters in strong theatrical situations are characteristic of many of Pasatieri’s operas, including his most successful work, The Seagull, based on the Chekhov play, and The Trial of Mary Lincoln, written for television. His many film orchestrations include Road to Perdition, Finding Nemo, and Angels in America.
Thomas Pasatieri is a member of Music of Remembrance’s Advisory Board.