|Kurt Rohde, photo by Jeanette Yu.|
The music of composer and violist Kurt Rohde has been described as being “filled with exhilaration and dread. It’s a mirror of our times, It’s dark music, lit up by peckings, clackings, snaps and slides. It sounds eerie, but lyrical; sustained, but skittish; free-form, yet dancing.” (San Jose Mercury News, Richard Scheinin.)
Violist and composer Kurt Rohde is a recipient of the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is the winner of the 2012 Lydian String Quartet Commission Prize. He has received commission awards from New Music USA – Commissioning Music/USA, the NEA, and the Barlow, Fromm, Hanson, and Koussevitzky Foundations. Mr. Rohde recently completed new works for the Lydian String Quartet, eighth blackbird, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Scharoun Ensemble, pianist Genevieve Lee, and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. Kurt is currently working on a new work work for the ZOFO Duet, and an opera with writer Dana Spiotta and artist David Humphrey. Mr. Rohde is also collaborating on a number of film projects with artist and filmmaker Shelley Jordon. His 2012 CD, ONE – chamber music of Kurt Rohde, was released by Innova Recordings, and his 2005 CD, Oculus – music for strings with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, was released on the Mondovibe label. Kurt will be in residence at Copland House in the Summer 2014.
A Professor of Music Composition and Theory at the University of California at Davis Department of Music, where he is co-director of the Empyrean Ensemble, Kurt is also a violist with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and The New Century Chamber Orchestra. He was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2012–13. Mr. Rohde is a graduate of the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, the Curtis Institute of Music and SUNY Stony Brook, and has attended the Montalvo, Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Kurt Rohde lives in San Francisco with his partner Timothy Allen and their labradoodle Ripley.