Theodore Wiprud composes music for orchestras, ensembles, and voice. He was Music Alive Composer-in-Residence with the South Dakota Symphony in 2018-19, following 14 years as Vice President, Education, at the New York Philharmonic. Recent orchestral works include two violin concerti, the first reflecting on Hurricane Katrina’s impact on musicians of the Mississippi Delta, and the second responding to the climate crisis. His Wind of Many Voices (2018)
meditates on the landscapes, people, and history of South Dakota, and his Sinfonietta (2016) is inspired by the Persian poet Hafez.
His catalog of chamber works includes percussion quartets, string quartets, and an innovative series of works incorporating Korean traditional instruments with string quartet or chamber orchestra. His Mysteria (2021), for percussion with string quartet, was commissioned by Chamber Music America for Ian David Rosenbaum and the Borromeo String Quartet. His piano catalogue includes the suite Sargent’s Women (2017) and the Well-Tempered Quarantine (2021), preludes and fugues composed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. Wiprud holds degrees from Harvard and Boston Universities and has studied at the University of Cambridge.