The son of a Romanian gypsy folk singer, he studied violin and clarinet and went on to write a staggering number of works including twelve symphonies, seven operas and nine ballets. His music made use of jazz and twelve-tone techniques, and he wrote both for electronic and live instruments.
In a review of one of many CDs of Kupferman's orchestral music, Patric Standford referred to '... a sustained quality that is Kupferman's own, widely spread and generous, emotionally extrovert and, with familiarity, cleverly made'.
Meyer Kupferman died on 26 November 2003, aged seventy-seven, near Rhinebeck, New York.
CD Spotlight. A prodigious composer - Orchestral music by Meyer Kupferman, reviewed by Patric Standford. '... an extrovert, highly charged composer with a vivid sonic imagination and a sure skill in orchestration.'