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Other good ones:

Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Chen Yi, Takemitsu, Penderecki, Steven Stucky, Andrew Norman, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Joan Tower. Glad someone mentioned Kaija Saariaho, she is wonderful (and I got to meet her, as well as Chen Yi).

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Nobody mentioned Nikolas? I love his "Piano Stories".
Aly's composition in his OP is also very good.
Definitely also Arvo Pärt as well as many of those who have already been mentioned of course.



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I honestly don't listen to many contemporary composers (sigh!) but I love the work of Masashi Hamauzu


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Christian Mason, whose new piano piece about the butterfly effect grabbed my attention recently.

And Olga Neuwirth, whose use of electronics in combination with prepared piano is fascinating.


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Originally Posted by ChopinAddict
Nobody mentioned Nikolas? I love his "Piano Stories".


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I like a lot of them; right at this moment I am fondest of Judith Weir, David Lang, Alan Hovhaness.


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Guys I can't thank you enough, I feel like I am owning a treasure heart
I made a list with all the suggested composers, let me know if someone is still missing laugh

- [ ] Nikolai Kapustin
- [ ] David Nevue
- [ ] Masashi Hamauzu
- [ ] Stephen Hough
- [ ] Conrad Tao
- [ ] Carl Vine
- [ ] Frederick Rzewski
- [ ] Lera Auerbach
- [ ] Helmut Lachenmann
- [ ] George Crumb
- [ ] György Kurtág
- [ ] Harrison Birtwistle
- [ ] Xenakis
- [ ] Boulez
- [ ] Ustvolskaya
- [ ] Lowell Liebermann
- [ ] Michael Torke
- [ ] John Harbison
- [ ] Judith Lang Zaimont
- [ ] Richard Danielpour
- [ ] Kaije Saariaho
- [ ] Stephen Paulus
- [ ] Thomas Ades
- [ ] Joplin
- [ ] Ligeti
- [ ] Lutoslawski
- [ ] Chen Yi
- [ ] Takemitsu
- [ ] Penderecki
- [ ] Steven Stucky
- [ ] Andrew Norman
- [ ] Esa-Pekka Salonen
- [ ] Joan Tower.
- [ ] Ornstein
- [ ] David Thomas Roberts
- [ ] Nikolas Sideris
- [ ] Arvo Pärt
- [ ] Christian Mason
- [ ] Olga Neuwirth
- [ ] Judith Weir
- [ ] David Lang
- [ ] Alan Hovhaness.
- [ ] Marc-Andre Hamelin
- [ ] Dave Brock

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Your list is missing Dave Brock.

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First of all a HUGE thanks to those who mentioned my name (Nikolas Sideris, you might want to add my last name).

To be honest I think that I pale in comparison to the other composers on the list, but on the other hand I am getting better, so there's still hope I might be worthy in the next 50 years! grin

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I feel like I read somewhere that Yo-yo Ma does composition, but I can't find any references to it right now.


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I've worked on and enjoyed the following piano music by young Americans:
Nico Muhly- Drones and Piano and Skip Town are piano/electronica, which is very fun to do. He also has 3 etudes, a short, Glass-like piece called A Hudson Cycle, and two big solo pieces; Booklet and You Can't Get There From Here. Slightly unidiomatic piano writing, but very interesting ideas, especially in You Can't Get There From Here, which Simone Dinnerstein was playing a couple years ago.

Missy Mazzoli- Issabelle Eberhart Dreams of Pianos is another piano/electronica piece, slightly neo-romantic, and it nicely incorporates the slow mvmt of Schubert 959. This piece seems to be getting done a lot recently.
Bolts of Loving Thunder- a piece Manny Ax commissioned, it's repetitive, toccata-like, very cool.

Judd Greenstein- Boulez is Alive is a fantasic homage/pastiche of the recently deceased Frenchman. Absolutely phenomenal piece; imagine the difficult rhythmic language of Boulez, with the harmonic language of Ravel, packed into a nice sonata form. He also wrote a Ballade, which is very chic, and easily accessible to audiences.

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Originally Posted by Aly Baracat
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Favorite contemporary composer? ... Allen Toussaint of course.


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Originally Posted by Aly Baracat
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Favorite contemporary composer? ... Allen Toussaint of course.


No longer contemporary, but he was a great composer and performer.


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