Born: b. 1957
received a BA with Honors from Stanford University, MM from University of Iowa and MMA and DMA from Yale University School of Music; studied with Donald Jenni, Richard Hervig, Jacob Druckman, Hans Werner Henze and Martin Bresnick
the passing measures, writing on water, Shelter, the difficulty of crossing a field, grind to a halt, loud love songs, the little match girl passion
has had his music performed by BBC Symphony, the International Contemporary Ensemble, eighth blackbird, Santa Fe Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, the Boston Symphony, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and the Kronos Quartet; festivals such as Tanglewood, the BBC Proms, MusicNOW festival, The Munich Biennale, the Settembre Musica Festival, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival and the Almeida, Holland, Berlin, Adelaide and Strasbourg Festivals
co-founded Bang on a Can in 1987 with Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe, which is dedicated to commissioning, performing, creating, presenting and recording contemporary music
the passing measures (Cantaloupe), Grammy award winning the little match girl passion (Harmonia Mundi), pierced (Naxos)
"With his winning of the Pulitzer Prize for the little match girl passion (one of the most original and moving scores of recent years), Lang, once a postminimalist enfant terrible, has solidified his standing as an American master."
-The New Yorker