Bernard Rands (b. 1934) is well known for the distinctive lyrical and dramatic character of his music. Notable among his more than 100 compositions are the many settings for voice and instrumental ensemble; his song cycle Canti del Sole received the Pulitzer Prize in 1984.
Born and raised in Sheffield, England, Rands studied music and English literature at the University of Wales, Bangor. He continued his training in composition and conducting with Bruno Maderna and Pierre Boulez in Darmstadt, Germany and Luigi Dallapiccola and Luciano Berio in Milan, Italy, the latter an important influence on his work. Rands had residencies at Princeton, Illinois, and York (England) Universities before emigrating to the United States in 1975. He has since taught at the University of California, San Diego, Julliard School of Music, Yale University, Boston University, and since 1988, Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rands has also been a guest composer and conductor at many international festivals, and composer-in-residence at the Aspen, Tanglewood, and Dartington festivals. From 1989 to 1995 he was composer-in-residence with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Rands has received awards and honors for his compositions from the Barlow, Fromm, Guggenheim, and Koussevitzky Foundations, among others. His most recent work apókryphos was commissioned and performed in May 2003 by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with soprano Angela Denoke. Rands' music has been recorded on the Albany, CRI, GM, Hänssler, Klavier, Neuma, New World, North/South, and Teldec labels.