Photos by Candace DiCarlo

One of today’s finest composers was a compositional late bloomer. Jennifer Higdon wrote her first pieces in college and went on to win the 2010 Pulitzer Prize (for her Violin Concerto) and two Grammy Awards (for her Percussion Concerto and Viola Concerto). She has been praised as “a savvy, sensitive composer with a keen ear, an innate sense of form and a generous dash of pure esprit.”

When I interviewed Higdon in 2007, I asked her if she came from a musical home:

Explore some of incredible music by Jennifer Higdon below: