SIDNEY CORBETT, born in Chicago in 1960, studied composition and philosophy at the University of California, San Diego and at Yale University, where he earned his doctorate in 1989. From 1985 to 1987 he studied composition at the Hamburg Academy of Music with György Ligeti, under the auspices of a DAAD Fellowship. Sidney Corbett's extensive output includes works for the stage, orchestral compositions, ensemble and solo pieces and a large amount of vocal music. His works have earned him numerous national and international awards and prizes (e.g. Irino Foundation in Tokyo, Radio France Musique and BMI New York). Corbett’s music has been featured at a number of prominent international festivals for contemporary music, such as the Gaudeamus Music Week, Amsterdam, Styrian Autumn, Graz, the Zagreb Biennale, the Zürich Festival and in New York’s Lincoln Center. In 1998, portrait concerts dedicated to Corbett’s music were held at the Wien Modern Festival, Vienna and at the Festival for New American Music, in Sacramento. Radio recordings of Corbett's music have been broadcast by Radio Tokyo, Radio Moscow, Nederlands Radio, Radio France Musique, in the United States by National Public Radio, and by virtually every German radio station. Interpreters of his works include the RSO Stuttgart, the NOA New York, the Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera, Helsinki, the South German Radio Chorus, Ensemble Recherche Freiburg, the Raschčr Saxophone Quartet and many well known soloists. Recent commissions have come from the Leipzig Sinfonietta, the Schwetzinger Festival, SWR, WDR, and Performing Arts Chicago. Corbett’s first full-scale opera, NOACH, based on a libretto by Christoph Hein and commissioned by the Bremen Theatre, was premiered in Bremen in October 2001. Sidney Corbett has taught at a number of American universities (Duke, Yale, Berkeley) and has given lectures and master classes Hamburg University and Münster University, the House of Composers in Moscow and the Royal Conservatory in Aarhus. CDs featuring Corbett's music have been released on CRI, Ambitus, BIS and Kreuzberg labels.