Andrew Rudin, Composer



“Andrew Rudin has been an important presence in the local contemporary music scene for the past four decades. His contributions to the modern canon have been eagerly awaited and happily appreciated.”

--Michael Caruso, Main Line Times, Philadelphia, Jan. 2007

"Andrew Rudin's music unfolds comlex and tightly constructed narratives that nonetheless feel rhapsodic and have an unfailing sense of lyricism and drama."

--Citation, The American Academy of Arts & Letters, May 2018



Rudin’s reputation was established in the 1960’s through his association with Robert Moog and a pioneering series of synthesized compositions, most notably his Nonesuch album, Tragoedia. Throughout the 1970’s many of his compositions were theatrical in nature, involving collaborations with ballet and modern dance, film, television, and incidental music for the stage. His one-act opera, The Innocent was produced in Philadelphia in 1972 by Tito Capobianco. A number of these works blended electronically synthesized sound with traditional instruments and voices. Particularly of note among these works is the inclusion of his music in the soundtrack of the film Fellini: Satyricon. Among the dance groups and choreographers with whom he has worked are Dance Theatre Workshop, Jeff Duncan, Murray Louis, The Pennsylvania Ballet, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Louis Falco, and four collaborations with Alwin Nikolais. The 1980’s saw the completion of his full-evening opera Three Sisters, on a libretto by William Ashbrook from the play by Chekhov, as well as many works for traditional instruments, both orchestral and chamber music. After his graduation from The University of Pennsylvania, where he studied primarily with George Rochberg, he joined the faculty of The Philadelphia Musical Academy, remaining there for the next thirty-seven years, as it eventually became part of the present University of the Arts. During this time he taught music history, theory, and composition, directed the new music ensemble, and headed the electronic music studio. He taught in the graduate division of the Juilliard School from 1981-1984. Since his retirement in 200l he has worked as a broadcaster for WWFM, The Classical Network from Mercer County Community College, and served on the board of directors for Philadelphia’s Orchestra 2001. He continues to compose extensively. In May 2018 he was given an award by The American Academy of Arts & Letters. His professional affiliation is BMI. He lives in Allentown, NJ.


"Andrew Rudin has progressed to a distinctive place of mystery in his fine piano trio "Circadia". Wherever the music careered, it did so with a sure sense of expressive purpose, and with so much overall thrust that you couldn't always tell when one movement ended and another began." David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer

As heard on WRTI-FM:

Three new CD's are in preparation:
THREE STRING SONATAS: for Cello (Sam Magill/Beth Levin), for Viola (Brett Deubner/Marcantonio Barone), for Violin (Miranda Cuckson/Steve Beck)
SYNTHESIZER PIONEER:  The Early Electronic Music of Andrew Rudin
includes Il Giuoco, Crossings, Porcelain Dialogues, Shore Song, Paideia, and Men's Dance.
PIANO WORKS of Andrew Rudin
includes Sonata for Piano (Beth Levin), Overture/Rondo, Kleine Geburtstagwalzer (duo Stephanie & Saar), and January (composer at the piano)



my VIOLIN CONCERTO (Canto di Ritorno)
with Diane Monroe, Orchestrta 200l
w/works by Higdon, Cascarino, Schuller, Reise
Now available:

see review>>               

see concert program








I'm so very pleased to announce that my 1968
Nonesuch LP, which they commissioned, is now
available as an online download through iTunes
or Amazon.


I happily returned from my recent Fall residency at Virginia Center with an new
Sonata for Cello and Piano.  It will have its premiere on May 7 at Lincoln Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium,with Sam Magill, cello; and Beth Levin, piano.  See EVENTS for details


Official Release:  "CELEBRATIONS" Centaur Records (#3119), May 2, 2011
   Concerto for Piano, Concerto for Viola, & Celebrations
   for 2 pianos and percussion.  May be ordered now directly from Centaur.

Official Release: "TO THE POINT" Innova Records, May 31, 2011
    featuring my "Canto di Ritorno" (Concerto for Violin)"
    and works by Jennifer Higdon, Jay Reise, Gunther Schuller
    and Romeo Cascarino.  May be ordered now directly from Innova.

"Two Elegies" for flute and piano will be included
in the 2-CD Innova Records set "American Flute Music" by Mimi Stillman, flute
and Charles Abramovic, piano.

New Recordings:  CHIAROSCURO (Septet), 
players from the Czech Philharmonic.
Order "Masterpieces of the New Era" Volume 13

"I love what I have heard by Andrew Rudin, a true blue contemporary....  The Sonata for Violin & Piano will be, I am convinced, one day, sooner rather than later, included in the top repertoires in the genre, along with the Cesar Franck and the Brahms 'third' ".

Kenneth Zammit Tabone
The Sunday Times, Malta, Dec. 12, 2010

From the May 22, 2010 Kimmel Center performance of "Concerto for Piano & Small Orchestra", with Orchestra 200l, "Rudin’s concerto opened the concert with a gem; It was a good showcase for Marcantonio Barone’s sensitive touch..."  Tom Purdom, Broad St. Review

Praise for Concerto for Piano and Small Orchestra!
On Sunday, May 18 at Washington's National Gallery of Art, Great Noise Ensemble presented the first performance of my concerto. Stephen Brookes, writing in The Washington Post says "..the high point of the evening was the world premiere of Andrew Rudin's Concerto, [which]...recieved a bravura performance from pianist Marcantonio Barone." [see "Reviews" section for complete text.] "Photo Gallery" gives a peek into the rehearsals and performance

From the Dec. 13, 2009 Premiere of "Celebrations for Two Pianos and Percussion":  "The music was substantial, vigorous, often charming. Rudin's Celebrations was played by pianists Msarcantonio Barone and [James]Freeman with percussionist Anthony Orlando.  The first movement, dark and mysterious, honored [George] Crumb; the second, a spirited dash had Freeman's name on it. Orlando's eloaquence with marimba and vibraphone, his shadings with drums large and small, set off the bold piano deeds."  Daniel Webster, Philadelphia Inquirer

  "Andrew Rudin has all the hallmarks of a real musical craftsman. His colorful effects are expertly conceived and carefully timed, his rhythms are alternatingly intense and ruminative, and his large and small-scale gestures are clear and deliberate. His aesthetic offers a compelling combination of old-school technique and eminently listenable appeal."  Kyle Gullings


 8/29/08- Read "Rudin: Classical composer, electronic music pioneer", an interview in The Examiner, at

The MacDowell Colony has selected Andrew Rudin as the Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow for 2007-08.