bio

John Rot is a composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher based in New York City. His work challenges established standards of musical form and rhythm, employing unique conceptualizations of division and simultaneity to suggest new approaches to music’s most important parameter: duration.

John’s music has been performed by the JACK Quartet, Mivos Quartet, Talea Ensemble, Tak Ensemble, Ensemble Court-Circuit, andPlay duo, the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, and a number of soloists across the country specializing in the performance of new music. His string octet, glide idly by, took first prize in the 2015 Frank Robert Abell Young Composer Competition for New Chamber Music. He was the only undergraduate composer selected for performance in the 2012 Midwest Graduate Music Consortium’s annual conference at Northwestern University.

As a pianist, John has competed and performed both nationally and internationally.  He has performed as concerto soloist with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (Illinois’s three-time “Orchestra of the Year”) and in the Gala Concert of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.  He placed first in the Walgreens National Concerto Competition open senior division, and has been a finalist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra youth concerto competition and a semifinalist in the Oberlin International Piano Competition.

John maintains an avid interest in pedagogy, and has worked with nearly two dozen private composition students over the last several years, in addition to teaching classes during both the summer and the academic year at Oberlin Conservatory.  He has collaborated with Elgin-based nonprofit Hamilton Wings for the last seven years on the SCORE! (Students Creating Opera to Reinforce Education) program, in which young students create, produce, and perform an original opera.

John is currently a DMA candidate at Columbia University in New York, where he studies with Georg Friedrich Haas. He completed his undergraduate training at Oberlin Conservatory, where he received the Walter E. Aschaffenburg prize, the top award for outstanding music composition. John has studied composition with George Lewis, Reiko Füting, Lewis Nielson, and Josh Levine.