Gunther Schuller


Gunther Schuller (b. 1925) leads an extraordinarily active musical life as a composer, instrumentalist, and conductor. In the 1950s, as he was conducting ensembles in new music and playing jazz, he earned his living playing horn in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Alongside these practical activities, he distinguished himself as a teacher of enormous influence in numerous venues. In the late 1950s he was mostly known for his experiments integrating jazz and classical idioms, which he called “Third Stream Music.” From that time to the present, however, his output has spanned all the musical forms. He has written over 180 orchestral works, which have been performed by orchestras all over the world. He rightly described himself to the interviewer as “the busiest man in the world.”