Bard Faculty

Richard Teitelbaum

Educated at Haverford College and the Yale School of Music, composer and performer Richard Teitelbaum is known principally for live electronic and interactive computer music composition.
His compositions have been performed in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Lisbon, Tokyo, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, and elsewhere around the world. A founder, with Frederic Rzewski and Alvin Curran, of Musica Elettronica Viva in Rome in 1966, he has composed works in a variety of genres, including compositions for the Japanese shakuhachi master Katsuya Yokoyama, pianists Aki Takahashi and Ursula Oppens, a choral piece for 20 Japanese Buddhist monks, and multimedia works with Nam June Paik, Joan Jonas, and others. Recordings include Golem: An Interactive Opera, Tzadik CD (U.S.A.); Live at Merkin Hall: Duets with Anthony Braxton, Music and Arts CD (U.S.A.); Concerto Grosso, Hat Art CD (Switzerland); Run Some By You, Wego CD (Germany); and Cyberband, Moers CD, Germany. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Prix Ars Electronica from Austrian Radio and Television (1987); commissions from the Venice Biennale, German Radio, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Mary Flagler Cary Trust, Meet the Composer/NEA Commissioning Program, and Rockefeller Foundation; and Fulbright research grants to Italy and Japan. Teitelbaum has taught at Vassar College, California Institute of the Arts, Antioch College, and York University, Toronto. He is on the faculty of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts and professor of music at Bard College. He has been on the Bard faculty since 1988.

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