Mathew Rosenblum, University of Pittsburgh professor of composition and theory and chair of the Department of Music, is one of 175 scholars, artists and scientists selected for a Guggenheim Fellowship from among 3,000 contenders. The award is in recognition of past achievement but also of future endeavors.
The amounts of the grants vary and are made for a minimum of six months to a maximum of a year. Since the program was established in 1925, $306 million in fellowships have been granted.
Mr. Rosenblum, who is on leave for the 2012-13 school year, will be working on a concerto for the acclaimed klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, who is also a close friend of his. The working title is "Lament: Witches' Sabbath."
On his website, Mr. Rosenblum describes his music as a synthesis of diverse musical elements derived from classical, jazz, rock and world music traditions.
Born in New York City in 1954, his works have been performed throughout the U.S., South America and Europe. At Pitt, he also co-directs the Music on the Edge new music series.music