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Robert Kapilow


Born in 1952, Robert Kapilow has had a distinguished career as a conductor, composer, pianist and commentator. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, he continued his studies at the Eastman School of Music. Upon graduation from Eastman, he returned to Yale, where he was an assistant professor in the music department for six years.

Kapilow's many commissioned works includes the first musical setting of a Dr. Seuss work, Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham. It has since achieved great popularity in the children's theater world, prompting Boston Globe music critic Richard Dyer to name it the most popular children's piece since Peter and the Wolf.

Kapilow also composes "city" pieces, involving entire communities in the process of conceiving and creating a new piece of music. Among these are Union Station, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Kansas City, premiered by the Kansas City Symphony, and DC Monuments, premiered by the National Symphony Orchestra in the Spring of 2000, with the composer conducting.

Kapilow is also one of America's most popular and effective commentators on classical music, opening new ears to musical experiences. In his presentations, such as "What Makes It Great?", he helps people to understand how music can enrich, reflect and enhance their daily lives.

His career has been marked by numerous major awards and grants. He won first place in the Fontainebleau Casadesus Piano Competition. He is also a recipient of an Exxon Meet-the-Composer grant and numerous ASCAP awards.
Robert Kapilow


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