The New England Philharmonic welcomes David Rakowski as its Composer in Residence, beginning with the 2011-2012 season.
David Rakowski grew up in St. Albans, Vermont, and studied at New England Conservatory, Princeton, and Tanglewood, where his teachers were Robert Ceely, John Heiss, Milton Babbitt, Paul Lansky, and Luciano Berio. He has received a large number of awards and fellowships, including the Elise L. Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Rome Prize, and he has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music (for pieces commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the U.S. Marine Band). He has composed six concertos, three symphonies, 100 piano etudes, ten piano preludes, five song cycles, and a large amount of wind ensemble music, chamber music, and vocal music for various combinations, as well as music for children. His music has been commissioned, recorded, and performed widely and is published by C.F. Peters. He is currently the Walter W. Naumburg Professor of Composition at Brandeis University, having also taught at New England Conservatory, Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford. His blog at www.ziodavino.blogspot.com offers “random (actually, pretty specific) musings by David Rakowski—composer, pizza maker, failed trombonist, ex-font maker.”