About

Maury Yeston

Composer, lyricist, author and teacher.

Maury moves easily between the worlds of theater, film, and academia, writing concert music, Broadway shows, and holding teaching posts as a musicologist and music theorist.

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Theater & Film

In addition to winning his second Tony Award for Best Score for Broadway’s “Titanic” (which won five Tonys including Best Musical), Yeston won a Tony Award and two Drama Desk Awards for his music and lyrics to Broadway’s “Nine” (based on Fellini’s “8 ½”).

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Concert

Yeston’s music and lyrics cover a wide variety of styles, from his Cello Concerto (premiered by Yo-Yo Ma) to the concept album “Goya—A Life In Song,” (featuring Placido Domingo and Gloria Estefan). The song “Till I Loved You,” from the “Goya” album became a Top 40 hit for Barbra Streisand.

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Recordings & Incidental Music

Three times nominated for a Grammy Award, Yeston’s recordings include cast albums of Nine, Titanic, Phantom, Grand Hotel, Death Takes A Holiday, The Maury Yeston Songbook, December Songs (six times in English and once each in French, German, and Polish), Goya - A Life In Song featuring Placido Domingo, Gloria Estefan, Dionne Warwick and Richie Havens (cont.)

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New Works

A recent European premiere of the Small Ensemble “Titanic”, directed by Thom Sullivan and produced by Danielle Tarento, opened to rave reviews at the Southwark Playhouse in London, winning Broadwayworld UK’s Award for Best Regional Production of a Musical in the UK, Whatsonstage Best Regional Production of a Musical, and swept the Offie Awards in four categories.(cont.)

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Academia & Honors

Yeston holds a PhD. from Yale University and BA and MA degrees from both Yale and Clare College, Cambridge Universities. He was Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music at Yale for eight years, twice cited by the undergraduates as being among Yale’s top ten professors (cont.)

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Awards

• Tony Award for Best Original Score (1982) (Nine)

• Tony Award for Best Musical (1982) (Nine)

• Tony Award for Best Musical Revival (2003) (Nine)

• Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music (1982) (Nine)

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The Gem of the Ocean...

Astonishingly, Titanic manages to be grave and entertaining, somber and joyful; little by little you realize that you are in the presence of a genuine addition to American musical theatre."