Arthur Gottschalk

Professor of Composition and Theory
B. Mus. (1974), M.A. (1975)
D.M.A. (1978) University of Michigan

1606 Alice Pratt Brown Hall


Arthur Gottschalk attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition, a Master of Arts degree in Music Composition and English Literature, and his Doctorate in Music Composition, studying with William Bolcom, Ross Lee Finney, and Leslie Bassett. He is currently a Professor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he served as Chair of the Department of Music Theory and Composition until 2009. He founded the university’s electronic and computer music laboratories, and was its Director until 2002.

Arthur Gottschalk’s music is described as “rapturous, argumentative, and prickly” (Gramophone Magazine), and “fascinatingly strange” (BBC Music Magazine). He is Professor of Music Composition at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Among many awards, his Concerto for Violin and Symphonic Winds won First Prize in the XXV Concorso Internazionale di Composizione Originale (Corciano, Italy), and in 2011 he was awarded the prestigious Bogliasco Fellowship for further work in Italy. Other awards include the Charles Ives Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and composer residencies at the famed Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center and at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He is recorded on Navona, New Ariel, Crystal, Summit, Capstone, Beauport Classical, ERMMedia, Ablaze, AURecordings, Golden Crest, MSR Classics, and Amirani (Italy), and published by Subito, Shawnee Press, Potenza, Alea Publishing, TrevCo Music, The Spectrum Press, and Delage Musique (France).