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Martin Boykan   



Born 1931
BA summa cum laude Harvard University 1951
University of Zurich 1951-52
MM Yale University 1953

Studied composition with Walter Piston (Harvard University 1947-51), Aaron Copland (Tanglewood 1949, 1950), and Paul Hindemith (University of Zurich 1951-52, Yale University 1952-53). Piano with Eduard Steuermann.

Career as a pianist between 1957-1970, including regular recitals with Joseph Silverstein, Jan de Gaetani, Bethany Beardslee, Mathew Raimondi, Zara Nelsova and many others. Regular pianist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1964, under Erich Leinsdorf.

Taught at Brandeis University since 1947, at present, Irving G. Fine Professor of Music Composition.

Fellowships and Awards



  • 1951 Paine Fellowship
  • 1953-55 Fulbright Fellowship
  • 1967 National Winner of the Jeunesses Musicales for String Quartet No. 1
  • 1974 Martha Baird Rockefeller Award for recording of String Quartet No. 2
  • 1976 Fromm Foundation Commission
  • 1981 YADDO Foundation, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • 1982, 1989, 1992 The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
  • 1983 National Endowment for the Arts Grant
  • 1983 National Winner, League-ISCM
  • 1984 Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 1985 Koussevitzky Commission, Library of Congress
  • 1986 Recording Award from the American Academy and National Institute of Arts and Letters
  • 1988 Walter Hinrichsen Publication Award from the American Academy and National Institute of Arts and Letters
  • 1992 The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA
  • 1992 YADDO Foundation - The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation endowed Residency Residences
  • 1987 Composer-in-Residence, Composer's Conference, Wellesley, MA
  • 1988-89 Visiting Professor of Composition, Columbia University
  • 1993 Visiting Professor of Composition, New York University
  • 1994 Senior Fulbright Lecturer, Bar Ilan University, Israel
  • 1998 Composer-in-Residence, Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival, Irasburg, VT
  • 1999-2000 Visiting Professor of Composition, New York University




    Music Published by C.F. Peters Corporation, Mobart Music Press, and Association for the Promotion of New Music. Member of the Editorial Board of Perspectives of New Music. Articles published in Perspectives of New Music and Journal of the American Society of University Composers.


    String Quartet No. 1 and String Quartet No. 2 recorded by Composer's Recordings, Inc. Elegy for Soprano and Six Instruments and Epithalamion for Baritone, Violin and Harp, released in 1988 under a grant from the American Academy (CRI). Re-release as a CD with the addition of String Quartet #4 in April, 1998 (CRI).

    Further Information

    Listed in Groves Dictionary, Baker's Biographical Dictionary, Dictionary of American Composers, Who's Who in America. Articles by John Harbison and Elinor Cory in Perspectives of New Music, 1973, and the Musical Quarterly, 1976.

    Contact Information

    10 Winsor Ave.
    Watertown, MA 02472


    Annual Updates


    Martin Boykan is the Irving G. Fine Professor of Composition at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.


    Violinist Curtis Macomber and the Boston (MA) Modern Orchestra Project, under the direction of Gil Rose, introduced Concerto for Violin and Orchestra November 14, 2008, Jordan Hall, Boston.


    Usurpations for piano solo was heard in an October 15, 2008, performance at Sprague Memorial Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT. First Sonata for Violin and Piano was presented in recital October 25, Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA.

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