Professor of Music, Graduate Advisor of
Composition and Theory
(On sabbatical Spring Quarter)
Violist and composer Kurt Rohde is a recipient of the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, a Radcliffe-Harvard Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lydian String Quartet Commission Prize, and commission awards from the Barlow, Fromm, Hanson, and Koussevitzky Foundations, and New Music/USA. He has received the Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Recent projects include new works for the Lydian Quartet, Brooklyn Art Song Society, cellist Rhonda Rider, pianist Genevieve Lee, cellist Michelle Kesler, and Ensemble Échappé.
Rohde is Artistic Advisor of and plays viola with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. His CD Oculus—Music for Strings with the New Century Chamber Orchestra was released on the Mondovibe label, and his CD ONE: Chamber Music of Kurt Rohde was released by Innova Recordings. A CD featuring Treatises for an Unrecovered Past for String Quartet and his song cycle It wasn’t a dream… was released on Albany Records in 2019.
Professor Rohde’s teaching philosophy reflects the symbiotic relationship between scholarship and practice—how one composes, performs, investigates, and communicates. He is committed to the practice of diversity and equity in the field of music and the academic community at large, and believes that the pluralism of our society and culture is a strength that must be nurtured and explored.
UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellowship, 2012–16
Radcliffe-Harvard Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship, 2012–13
Meet the Composer, 2011 Commissioning Music/USA Commission Award
American Composers Forum/Finale Composition Contest, Finalist, Commission Award
American Academy in Rome, Elliott Carter Rome Prize in Music Composition
Utah Arts Festival, Chamber Music Composition Commission Award
Berlin Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Berlin
Charles Ives Fellowship, American Academy of Arts and Letters
First Prize, International Society of Bassists Composition Contest
Barlow Endowment for Music Composition Commission Award
National Endowment for the Arts Commission Award
Hanson Institute for American Music Commission Award
Hinrichsen Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters
Koussevitzky Foundation of the Library of Congress Commission Award
Fromm Foundation of Harvard University Commission Award
First Prize, Lydian String Quartet Composition Contest