Composer in Residence, David Rakowski

David Rakowski

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 US Marine Band).

He has composed nine concertos, seven symphonies, 100 piano etudes, 74 piano preludes, 6 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 the Walter W. Naumburg Professor of Composition at Brandeis University, having also taught at New England Conservatory, Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford.

In 2016, Rakowski was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his contribution to musical composition. Read more here.


2011- David Rakowski
2005-11 Peter Child
2002-05 Andy Vores
2000-02 Richard Cornell
1997-00 Michael Gandolfi
1994-97 Marjorie Merryman
1989-94 Richard Cornell
1985-89 Robert Kyr