Charles Wuorinen (b. June 9, 1938 in New York City) is one of the world's leading composers. His many honors include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Pulitzer Prize (the youngest composer to receive the award). His compositions encompass every form and medium, including works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, soloists, ballet, and stage. Recent works include Theologoumenon for James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fourth Piano Concerto for Peter Serkin, James Levine and the Boston Symphony, Flying to Kahani, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for Peter Serkin and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and his opera, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, based on the novel of Salman Rushdie.
Wuorinen has been described as a "maximalist," writing music luxuriant with events, lyrical and expressive, strikingly dramatic. His works are characterized by powerful harmonies and elegant craftsmanship, offering at once a link to the music of the past and a vision of a rich musical future.
Both as composer and performer (conductor and pianist) Wuorinen has worked with some of the finest performers of the current time and his works reflect the great virtuosity of his collaborators
His works have been recorded on nearly a dozen labels including several releases on Naxos, Albany Records (Charles Wuorinen Series), John Zorn's Tzadik label, and a CD of piano works performed by Alan Feinberg on the German label Col Legno.