Stucky_Steven_Hoebermann948-284 Joana and the entire Berkeley Symphony family mourn the loss of our dear friend and colleague Steven Stucky, who passed away on Sunday, February 14, at age 66. Highly regarded as one of America’s most frequently performed living composers, Steven was a 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner and received numerous commissions and performances from top orchestras throughout the world. He served as the Music Alive Composer-in-Residence at Berkeley Symphony during the 2012/2013 season, and in March 2013, the Orchestra performed the world premiere of his exquisite song cycle The Stars and the Roses, featuring tenor Noah Stewart. As resident composer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 21 years, he played a considerable role in popularizing moderate modernism on the West Coast. As a scholar, he was a leading authority on the life and music of Witold Lutosławski. He joined the music faculty at Cornell University in 1980 and taught there until 2014, when he began teaching at the Juilliard School. Steven was diagnosed with brain cancer in November and died peacefully at his home in Ithaca, NY.