One of the most prominent of contemporary American composers, Jacob Druckman was born in Philadelphia in 1928. After early training in piano and violin, he studied composition at the Juilliard School, with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood, and at the École Normale de Musique in Paris. Druckman produced a substantial catalog of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music, and he did considerable work in electronic media. Among the institutions for which he wrote commissioned works are the Chicago, Baltimore, and St. Louis Symphonies, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Juilliard Quartet, IRCAM, Radio France, and the Koussevitzky Foundation. He won Fulbright, Thorne Foundation, and Guggenheim fellowships, was Resident-in-Music at the American Academy in Rome, and served as Composer-in-Residence of the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. Druckman taught at Juilliard, Bard College, Tanglewood, and Brooklyn College. In the last years of his life he was Professor of Composition at the Yale School of Music.