Vivian Adelberg Rudow

Composer, Performance Artist, Concert Producer

Short Biography

    Vivian Adelberg Rudow is one of the very few composers who has music skills to compose in classical acoustic and electro-acoustic music, and the combined genres. A “sound portrait painter” whose performances have been extremely successful, her music expresses emotion, life experiences, and hopes and dreams. Adelberg Rudow believes that pop music rhythms and vocabulary are our folk music of today and may be incorporated in classical music just as Brahms and Bartók used folk music in their compositions. She has had numerous performances in the USA and around the world.

    Winner of ASCAP Plus awards for 29 years; First Prize in the 14th International Electroacoustic Music Competition, Bourges 1986, Program Division; First Maryland Composer to have an orchestra performance in Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, 1982, Sergiu Comissiona, Conductor; three winning pieces in the 1970’s Annapolis Fine Arts Festival Music Composition Contests; First Prize, in the solo, duet division, of the International Double Reed Society Composition Contest in 1977; City Arts Individual Artist Grant, 1986, 1992; Maryland State Arts Council Fellowship,1986; and featured in the KEYBOARD MAGAZINE, May, 1989 issue; Adelberg Rudow has Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees from Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University.

    Adelberg Rudow was Founder and Artistic Director, of Res Musica Baltimore/Res MusicAmerica, Inc, and produced concerts of music composed mostly by American living composers, from 1980-91 including 52 concerts, 26 symposia, and 22 youth concerts for the Baltimore City Public Schools. In 1988, Adelberg Rudow produced the Res Musica International Electroacoustic Music Festival, Baltimore, Maryland, attended by composers from 14 countries, comprised of 7 multimedia concerts with electroacoustic music including live performers; continual electroacoustic music; continual video presentations; and 14 lecture demonstrations. In 1994, she produced a Res MusicAmerica full orchestra reading with enlarged Goucher Chamber Symphony, Sebrina Alfonso, conductor, at the Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, and in 2008 produced the Franz West concert by the Baltimore Composers Forum for the Baltimore Museum of Art. She has produced and co-produced the Peggy and Yale Gordon Har Sinai Classical Music Series concerts since 1992 to date.

    In Performance Art, Adelberg Rudow has created “The Vivian Technique of Creating a Sound Collage,” her method of activating and non activating music via small hand held remote controllers controlling at least four portable multi track CD players on stage, combining music to create a new live collage work. She performed “The Vivian Technique...” in 2000 for a performance in Havana, Cuba honoring Juan Blanco, in 2001 at the Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, and again in 2010, Havana, Cuba.