Ludwig Tuman

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Ludwig Tuman is an international award winning composer and a performing pianist. He is also active as a producer, teaching artist, and writer.

The Choral Tales Project:

Ludwig serves as Founder/Artistic Director and Composer for "Choral Tales," a project that brings together an expanding circle of artists, uniting choral music and narrative dance in a celebration of uplifting folk tales from around the world.

Recent Honors:

2019 - Choral Tales music by Ludwig Tuman was selected for worldwide broadcast on World Radio Day, an annual event sponsored by UNESCO in partnership with the European Broadcast Union and many other broadcast unions around the world. The music was part of a package distributed by the event's organizers to some 2,000 participating radio stations in over 100 countries. 2019 - All 3 Choral Tales pieces selected as Semi-Finalists in two separate Categories - Choral Music Composition and Music for Film/Dance - in The American Prize, a prestigious national competition in the performing arts. 2018 - Grant for creative work from Build a Better World Foundation 2017 - Luxembourg Peace Prize, awarded to Club of Budapest, in which Ludwig participates as a composer 2017 - Grant for creative work from Nora Betyousef Foundation 2016 - Original choral work selected for performance by Chamber Choir of CSU, Long Beach 2015 - Commissions for creative work in the Choral Tales Project 2014 - Grant for creative work from The Arts Collaborative (California) 2014 - Grant for creative work from Wings to the Spirit Foundation (Florida) 2013 - Grant for creative work from Artists Building Capacity as World Citizens (New Hampshire)

His work, 14 Variations for Piano, won top honors in the Concorso Counterpoint-Italy, an international competition based in New York. The competition seeks to enrich “the contemporary dialogue with outstanding works that enhance a developing international musical language.”

Winning compositions were selected from a wide field of submissions from composers living in four continents.

In recognition of the award, the Variations for Piano were premiered in New York.


As a composer, Ludwig Tuman has written for varied media, including orchestra, chorus, chamber, and solo. He is a long-standing member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). He studied composition under Darius Milhaud in Aspen, Leon Kirschner at Harvard, and Roger Nixon in San Francisco. He also studied the piano under the internationally recognized artists Adolf Baller (who toured with violinist Yehudi Menuhin) and Istvan Nadas, himself a prized piano pupil of Bartok. His degrees in music composition are from Harvard (B.A. cum laude) and San Francisco State University (M.A.). He is a former faculty member of the Chicago Conservatory College, where he designed and taught courses in composition, theory, and non-Western music. One of his courses, surveying the extensive influence of the music of Africa on that of North and South America, featured a series of guest lecturers, including jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie.

Artistic Perspective:

Ludwig Tuman is one of a growing number of contemporary composers whose perspective views the earth as a whole, and the diverse arts and cultures of the world as organically related to one another. The attraction such composers feel to musical cultures of various continents and historical periods has led them to selectively blend, in their compositions, musical elements from a variety of origins. The presence of such elements in Ludwig Tuman's works is sometimes overt, sometimes subtle. An example of the latter is "Awakening," a work for chamber orchestra, which can be viewed and heard as an mp3 file on this web site (see link below, marked "Awakening").

While composed in an atonal idiom, "Awakening" contains hints of the classical music of Java, the raga of India, the baroque concerto grosso, and other sources that attentive listening will discover, blended together within a coherent artistic statement. "Awakening" is not program music in the sense of following a specific story line. However, as its title suggests, the music does evoke a movement from darkness into light, from dreams to consciousness. Listeners have described their experience of listening to it in terms of an individual awakening, nature's revival after winter, creatures evolving over eons, or an entire world spinning into the morning.

Ludwig's works range widely in style, from renaissance choral pieces, to ragtime for four hands, to songs blending the classical Lieder with the harp and other folk instruments of South America.

Ludwig's works have been presented in numerous venues in Europe, the USA, South America, and on television, as well as on radio broadcasts in dozens of countries worldwide.

He is also a music producer and the former owner of a professional production facility, where he created and produced music for television. As a private teacher, he has worked with a wide range of students in composition, theory, film scoring and piano. Some of his students have gone on to produce their own albums. He is the author of a book, several published articles on the arts, and is an experienced choral director.