Rakowski, David (1958)
- Existence: 1958
David Rakowski's music is prized for its originality, its explosive high energy, its visceral surface, it unusual and quirky turns, its meticulous attention to detail, and its unfaltering sense of form. He writes both in large forms (nine concertos and seven symphonies) and small forms (170 published piano études and préludes). He is most well-known for his set of 100 high-energy piano études, which are regularly performed worldwide. He is currently at work on a set of 100 piano préludes, of which 75 are written. He has received the Rome Prize, the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Barlow Prize, two Fromm Foundation commissions, two Koussevitzky Foundation commissions, and he has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.