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Violist and composer Kurt Rohde is a recipient of the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the winner of the 2012 Lydian String Quartet Commission Prize. He has received commission awards from New Music USA – Commissioning Music/USA, the NEA, and the Barlow, Fromm, Hanson, and Koussevitzky Foundations. Rohde recently completed new works for eighth blackbird, the Scharoun Ensemble, pianist Genevieve Lee, and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and is currently working on a new opera with writer Dana Spiotta and artist David Humphrey, a new work for ZOFO Duo, and a cello concerto for Michelle Kesler. He will be in residence at the Copland House in the Summer 2014. Rohde plays with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. He is former artistic director of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. His CD, Oculus — Music for Strings with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, was released on the Mondovibe label. His CD ONE: Chamber Music of Kurt Rohde was released by Innova Recordings in 2012. A professor of music composition at UC Davis, Kurt was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for 2012–13.