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Ludwig Tuman, Composer

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About Ludwig Tuman

Work as Composer

Ludwig Tuman is an international award winning composer.  He is also active as a performing pianist, music educator, producer, writer and speaker.  His versatility as a composer allows him to write in a wide variety of musical styles and genres. 

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.

Creative Member of Club of Budapest

On the strength of the Choral Tales Project and earlier work, Ludwig became a Creative Member of the Club of Budapest, by invitation of its founder and president, Dr. Ervin Laszlo
.  The Club of Budapest is a platform dedicated to facilitating and providing direction to a global shift underway in the world. 

Membership in the Club of Budapest is by invitation and is based on the member's engaging in significant artistic, literary or spiritual pursuits that promote a more peaceful, equitable, and sustainable world.  Its members number some 200 worldwide. 

Among them are the Dalai Lama, Princess Irene Van Lippe-Biesterfeld of the Netherlands, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dame Jane Goodall, Deepak Chopra, and conductor Zubin Mehta. 

Recent Honors

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)

2012 - 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 field of over 75 submissions from composers living in four continents.


Premieres in New York and Italy

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

The prize-winning Variations for Piano can be heard at the following address:


Ludwig 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 classical 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 studies in music composition and related areas were at Harvard (B.A. cum laude), UC Berkeley (graduate level), and San Francisco State University (M.A.).

Ludwig has been a 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, via the African diaspora, upon that of North and South America, featured a series of guest lecturers, including jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie.

Artistic Perspective

Ludwig Tuman has long been an advocate of an emerging artistic vision that views the earth as a single whole, and the diverse arts and cultures of the world as organically related to one another. Like many composers who share this emerging vision, his attraction to musical cultures of various continents and historical periods has led him to selectively blend, in his compositions, musical elements from a range of origins.

For him, this involves drawing upon and honoring the varied musical sources of his creative work in a way that brings into view both the oneness of the human family and its cultural diversity. 

In his creative work, Ludwig has written at times in the highly complex styles used in some of contemporary music.  Yet, in other cases, such as the Variations for Piano, he is willing to draw on musical languages from an earlier period, or from the various regions of the world with whose music he feels deeply identified.  With an inclusive, world-embracing approach to composition, the source of inspiration from one work to another may be from Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas, or the Pacific.

The mediums and styles of his writing range from Asian and African-inspired ensembles to classical orchestra, from the European Renaissance to folk songs of South America.

His works have been presented in venues in England, New York, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Florida and South America, as well as in several television and radio broadcasts. As a pianist, he has given numerous recitals and has performed as a soloist with orchestras.
He is also a music producer and has owned and managed 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, 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.
Last modified 20 October 2016