Robert Cogan will be the plenary keynote speaker at the closing of the Conference on Saturday, 1 July 2017.
Robert Cogan has pursued a triple career as composer, music theorist, and teacher, and is noted as an explorer of challenging new domains of composition and music theory.
He studied at the University of Michigan (BM, 1951; MM, 1952); Princeton University (MFA, 1956); Royal Conservatoire, Bruxelles; Berkshires Music Center, Tanglewood; Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Hamburg. His principal teachers include Nadia Boulanger, Aaron Copland, Ross Lee Finney, Philippe Jarnach, and Roger Sessions.
For more than three decades he has been Chair of Graduate Theoretical Studies and Professor of Composition at New England Conservatory, Boston. He has also been a visiting Professor : at the Berkshire Music Center; at State University of New York, Purchase; at the Central Conservatory, Beijing; at the Shanghai Conservatory; and at IBM Research.
His books include Sonic Design: The Nature of Sound and Music and Sonic Design: Practice and Problems (both with Pozzi Escot, and published by Prentice-Hall and Publication Contact International), and New Images of Musical Sound (Harvard University Press). The latter won the Society for Music Theory’s Distinguished Publication Award in 1987. He has published in numerous journals including College Music Symposium, Interface, Journal of Music Theory, Musical Quarterly, Perspectives of New Music, and Sonus.