Roy Harris was one of Americas premier composers of 20th Century classical music. His works are performed world wide as well as in the White House, where he and his wife, concert piano virtuoso, and child prodigy, Johana Harris, were guests during the administrations of several presidents, including John Kennedy. Harris studied in Paris for 3 years, on Guggenheim Fellowships with Nadia Boulanger, whose other students included Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. He was the first American composer to conduct his own works in Russia, where he conducted the Leningrad Philharmonic, as a cultural ambassador for the United States State Department. Harris also worked on recording projects with his son

Roy Harris American Composer
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erarick - 10 Feb 2011