Yehudi Wyner elected president of American Academy of Arts and Letters

Professor Emeritus of Composition Yehudi Wyner has been elected president of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He succeeds architect Henry S. Cobb as president of the academy and will serve a three-year term. Wyner has been a member of the highly selective honor society since 1999.

Wyner's decorated career includes a 2006 Pulitzer Prize in music for his composition "Piano Concerto: 'Chiavi in Mano'," a Grammy in 2005 for "The Mirror," the Elise Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and numerous grants and fellowships.

Comprised of 250 architects, composers, artists, and writers, the American Academy of Arts and Letters fosters literature, music, and the fine arts through administering awards and prizes, exhibiting art and manuscripts, funding stage readings and performances of new works, and purchasing works of art donated to museums.

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