b. 20th Century
Ursula Mamlok began her study of music in her native city of Berlin, fled to Ecuador from the Nazis and continued her studies at the Mannes College of Music in New York with George Szell. Other teachers include Roger Sessions, Ralph Shapey and Stefan Wolpe. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. Among her numerous commissions are those from the Koussevitzky and Fromm Music Foundations, the American Guild of Organists, and the San Francisco Symphony. She has received awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Martha B. Rockefeller Foundation, and, in 1995, a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Her works are regularly performed by major domestic and foreign ensembles and have been recorded on several labels. She has been a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music, Temple University and CUNY Kingsborough. About her music she writes, "In my music, I have never striven for novelty or originality for its own sake. Rather, my primary concern as a composer has been the consolidation of older and newer techniques, as they best serve the work at hand." For further information, see HPC #09207a + b, #09520.