Michael Gandolfi has written works for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Robert Spano, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Riverside Symphony Orchestra, Parnassus, Speculum Musicae, Sonor, Boston Musica Viva, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and the Orpheus, Los Angeles, and St. Paul chamber orchestras, among others.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has performed Gandolfi's Points of Departure, written for Orpheus, and excerpts from his grand orchestral suite The Garden of Cosmic Speculation. He received the first Paul Jacobs Memorial Commission from the Tanglewood Music Center in 1987, and has also received commissions and grants from the Fromm, Koussevitzky, and Guggenheim foundations and the NEA, among others. Gandolfi has received the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters’ Charles E. Ives and Academy-Institute awards.

In 2008, a recording of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation was released on Telarc in a performance by its first interpreter, Robert Spano leading the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The recording received a Grammy Award nomination. In 2008 the Boston Modern Orchestra Project released a recording of Y2K Compliant that was subsequently voted 'Best of 2008' by the New York Times.

Recordings on Telarc, BMOP Sound, Deutsche Grammophon, CRI, Klavier. Chair of composition at the New England Conservatory.  Director of Compositional Activities, Tanglewood Music Center.  Former faculty of Harvard University. Visiting faculty of Indiana University.
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