Lucia Dlugoszewski, born in Detroit in 1925, where she attended music at the conservatory and science and philosophy courses at the university, came to New York in the late 1940s to take private lessons with the pianist Grete Sultan, Edgard Varèse and John Cage. Inventor of more than 100 musical instruments, by 1953 she became composer-in-residence for the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, devoting herself to the company as a composer, musical director, performer, and later choreographer and director. Prolific composer of experimental music, she composed original music for New York filmmakers such as Marie Menken and Jonas Mekas, and theatre companies such as The Living Theatre. The first woman to receive a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, she became a Guggenheim fellow and was awarded by the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and with the Koussevitzky International Recording Award. Her music has been premiered by conductors such as Pierre Boulez and performed by New York Philharmonic, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Louisville Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and American Composers Orchestra, among others.
As of February 2023