Life and career
Wyner, who grew up in New York City, was raised in a musical family. His father, Lazar Weiner, was an eminent composer of Yiddish art songs. Wyner attended Juilliard, Yale and Harvard, and was a student of Paul Hindemith and Walter Piston. He has written music in a variety of genres, including compositions for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo voice and solo instruments, as well as theatrical music and settings of the Jewish liturgy. Among his best-known works are the Friday Evening Service (1963) and "Torah Service with Instruments" (1966) for cantor and chorus, and On This Most Voluptuous Night (1982) for soprano and chamber ensemble.
- Partita – for piano, (1952)
- Concert duo for violin and piano (1956)
- Serenade for flute, horn, trumpet, trombone, viola, cello, piano (1958)
- "Torah Service with Instruments" (1966)
- The Mirror (1972–73)
- Intermedio – Lyric ballet for soprano and strings – October 1974
- The Grass is High – for voice and piano (1979)
- String quartet (1984–85)
- Composition for viola and piano (1987)
- Trapunto Junction for trumpet, French horn, trombone and percussion
- Amadeus' billiard: for violin, viola, bass, bassoon and two horns (cf. Mozart—Divertimento no. 7, K. 205) (1991)
- Prologue and narrative: for cello and orchestra (1994)
- Horntrio (1997)
- The second madrigal: Voices of women (1999)
- Quartet for oboe and string trio (1999)
- Commedia: for clarinet in B-flat and piano (2003)
- Chiavi in Mano for piano and orchestra (2004)
- Give Thanks for All Things for orchestra and chorus (2010)
- Yale University, M.Mus. (1953)
- Harvard University, M.A. (1952)
- Yale University, B.Mus. (1951)
- Yale University, B.A. (1950)
- Juilliard School, Diploma (1946)
- Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2008)
- Pulitzer Prize in Music for "Piano Concerto: 'Chiavi in Mano'" (2006)
- Member, American Academy of Arts and Letters (2001 - 2002)
- Elise L. Stoeger Prize, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center "for contributions to chamber music" (1997 - 1998)
- Finalist, Pulitzer Prize in Music (1997 - 1998)
- Naumburg Chair in Composition (1991)
- Guggenheim Fellowship (1976 - 1977)
- National Endowment for the Arts grant (1976)
- Brandeis University Creative Arts Award (1963)
- National Institute of Arts and Letters grant (1961)
- Guggenheim Fellowship (1960)
- A.E. Hertz Fellowship (1953)
- Rome Prize Fellowship (1953 - 1956)
- YEHUDI WYNER: 'CHIAVI IN MANO,' OTHER WORKS. Robert Levin, pianist; Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Spano; other performers. Bridge 9282; CD
- "Pulitzer Prizes". www.pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
- "Yehudi Wyner Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music - Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
- "Reflections on the Pulitzer Prize". Retrieved May 8, 2018.
- "Susan Davenny-Wyner (Soprano, Conductor)". www.bach-cantatas.com. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
- "Yehudi Wyner - Works - Music Sales Classical". www.schirmer.com. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
- Composer's homepage
- Biography from the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music
- Biography from Schirmer Inc. Associated Music Publishers
- Faculty profile from Brandeis University