YPC Legacy Honoree
Gordon Getty has made a lifetime of contributions to the classical music world—as a composer, philanthropist and champion. He was awarded the prestigious European Culture Prize in 2019 recognizing his extraordinary legacy.
As a composer, Getty has added more than 30 works to the canon. His music has been performed by leading artists and ensembles in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, and at opera houses including the San Francisco Opera, the Welsh National Opera, and the Vienna State Opera. The Pentatone label’s catalog of Getty’s recorded works includes his three operas (Plump Jack, Usher House, The Canterville Ghost), the widely-performed cantata Joan and the Bells, six orchestral pieces, solo piano works, three albums of choral works, several song cycles, a collection of holiday carols, and The White Election, Getty’s popular settings of poems by Emily Dickinson. His new opera, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, will receive its world premiere in Summer 2020 at Festival Napa Valley.
Gordon Getty’s philanthropy has provided essential financial support to hundreds of arts organizations in the United States and abroad. Through his personal efforts and contributions, he has been a catalyst for initiatives to expand music education and to attract new and more diverse audiences. He has played a vital role in sustaining U.S. orchestras and opera companies in large and small communities. Significantly, he has championed productions of new work by rising talents. His commitment to the next generation of musicians is demonstrated by his support of organizations like the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, which provide today’s youth access to the joy of music that has so deeply defined Getty’s own life.