Kurt Rohde plays viola and composes. He performs with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, where he serves as Artistic Advisor. Kurt teaches composition at UC Davis, is a curator at the Center for New Music, has received the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, fellowships from the Radcliffe-Harvard Institute for Advanced Study and Guggenheim Foundation, and awards from American Academy of Arts and Letters, Barlow, Fromm, Hanson, and Koussevitzky Foundations. He lives in San Francisco with his husband Tim and their dog Hendrix. In addition to enjoying double IPAs, off-beat films, and long distant running, Kurt is fascinated with the codification of failure in current culture, and is trying to find ways to incorporate notions of failure and catastrophe into the way he makes work. Kurt was appointed Artistic Director of the Composers Conference in Fall 2019.