George Walker

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Birthday
27, 1922
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Aug 23, 2018 (96)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
27, 1922
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Aug 23, 2018 (96)

About

African-American composer who won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Music for "Lilacs." He was commissioned by major ensembles in the United States including the Boston Symphony.

Before Fame

He was introduced to the piano at age five, and he was enrolled in the Oberlin Conservatory when he was 14.

Trivia

He was named to North Carolina's Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 1997. It was presented by then-Governor Jim Hunt.

Family Life

He fathered two sons: violinist and composer Gregory Walker and playwright Ian Walker.

Associated With

He won the Pulitzer Prize for Music 24 years after Elliott Carter was given the same honor in 1973.