Robert Carl

Program Chair of Composition; Professor of Composition and Theory

Music Theory, Music Composition

The Hartt School
860.768.4122 F 331

PhD, University of Chicago

MA, University of Pennsylvania

BA, Yale College

Professor Carl is the 2016 recipient of the Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

His music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe and has been published by American Composers Alliance, Boosey & Hawkes, Northeastern Music, and Apollo-Edition.

New World Records released a CD of three large string chamber works in March 2006, and released a disc of his electroacoustic works (related to explorations of Japanese culture and aesthetics, using MaxMSP) in July 2012. Other CD releases of his work are found on Cedille, Neuma, Koch International, Centaur, Lotus, Capstone, Vienna Modern Masters, E.R.M., and The Aerial.

He was co-director of the Extension Works new music ensemble in Boston for ten years, and writes extensively on new music for Fanfare Magazine . Along with a series of scholarly articles on new music sociology, theory, and aesthetics, he has written a work on Terry Riley’s In C, published Oxford University Press.

He has won grants and fellowships including the C.D. Jackson Award in Composition (Tanglewood, 1979), National Endowment for the Arts (1981), American Composers Alliance Recording Award (1987), CT Commission on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship (1996), American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Fellowship (1998), and the Copland Heritage Foundation 1998 Copland Award. 

He has been a resident of the MacDowell Colony (3 times), Yaddo (3 times), Camargo Foundation (Cassis, France-twice), Djerassi Foundation (Woodside, CA), Ucross Foundation (Wyoming), Bogliasco Foundation (Genoa, Italy-twice), Rockefeller International Study Center (Bellagio, Italy), and Millay Colony (twice). He traveled in Spring 2007 for a three-month residency in Tokyo under a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council. In 2010 he was the featured composer for the Festival of Contemporary Art Music at Washington State University, and in 2011 he was resident composer for performances and master classes at Hacettepe University National Conservatory, Ankara, Turkey

He has received major commissions from Chamber Music America (Miami String Quartet with bassist Robert Black), Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra (Gustav Meier, conductor), Chicago Pro Musica (Chamber Music Ensemble of the Chicago Symphony), and from the Musical Spring in St. Petersburg, Russia. His work is performed widely throughout the US and Europe.