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Aaron Jay Kernis

Miller’s 2014 book published by the University of Illinois Press, is the first full-length biography of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Grawemeyer Award, Aaron Jay Kernis achieved recognition as one of the leading composers of his generation while still in his thirties. Since then his eloquent yet accessible style, emphasis on melody, and willingness to engage popular as well as classical forms has brought him widespread acclaim and admiring audiences.

For photos, audio clips, and a fascinating essay by Jacob Druckman referenced in the text, go to