Born: 26 September 1898 in New York City, U.S.A.

Died: 11 July 1937 in Los Angeles, U.S.A.

George Gershwin’s work held incredible significance, with him producing both popular stage and screen numbers as well as classical compositions.  The renowned musicians work included the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris and the opera Porgy and Bess.

His musical style blended the formal qualities of classical music with the stylistic features of jazz and popular music. An American in Paris, one of Gershwin’s orchestral compositions, exemplifies his fusion of the genres.

He frequently collaborated with his brother, Ira Gershwin, who wrote lyrics for George’s compositions. The pair’s combined talents created a musical voice synonymous with the Jazz Age of the early twentieth century.

In recognition of Gershwin’s talents, he has received an Academy Award, a Congressional Gold Medal and a special Pulitzer Prize. These were awarded to posthumously due to Gershwin’s untimely death in 1937. His accolades illustrate his immense talent and musical prowess.