Kurt Rohde |
Kurt Rohde's music has been hailed as "illuminating, dynamic, and engaging throughout."
Artistic Director of the San Francisco based Chamber Music Partnership, Inc., he is an active composer and performer in the Bay Area. He has received a 2003 commissioning award from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, and a commissioning grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Mr. Rohde received the 2002 Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin, a commission from the Hanson Institute for American Music (2001), the Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2001), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1999-2000). He has received commission awards from the Barlow Endowment, the Koussevitsky Foundation at the Library of Congress, and the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University.
Mr. Rohde was the winner of the 1998 Lydian String Quartet Composition Contest. The New Century Chamber Orchestra received a grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music to record a compact disc of his music for strings.
Recent commissions include an oratorio for conductor Kent Nagano and tenor John Duykers to be performed by the Berkeley Symphony in 2004, a work for the 2005 season of the San Francisco Chamber Symphony, a new work for conductor Lawrence Kohl and The Pacific Chamber Symphony's 2005 season, and a viola concerto for violist Igor Budinstein and conductor Kent Nagano to be performed by the Deutches Symphonie-Orchester for the 2003-04 season.
Mr. Rohde is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He studied composition with Donald Erb, Ned Rorem and Andrew Imbrie, and viola with Karen Tuttle, John Graham, and Caroline Levine. He has attended the Yaddo, D'jerassi, and MacDowell residency programs, and has participated as a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Wellesley Composer Conference.