Michael S. Rothkopf is a composer of over 45 works of chamber, electronic, orchestral and vocal music. His compositions have been noted for their "remarkable sensuousness" and their evocative ability to create a "sense of time and occasion." He has focused on creating interactive music involving digital technology and artificial intelligence as part of the compositional design.
Published by American Composers Editions, Dr. Rothkopf’s music has been performed throughout the United States by notable musicians and ensembles such as Ulrich Eichenauer, Tara Helen O’Connor, William Anderson, Jean Kopperud, Debra Reuter-Pivetta, Theresa Radomski, Brooks Whitehouse, Lachezar Kostov, Kevin Lawrence, Steven LaCosse, the Cygnus Ensemble and the National Orchestra Association. He has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, Carnegie Hall, the National Orchestra Association and Columbia University.
Dr. Rothkopf received his masters and doctor of music degrees from Columbia University. His principal composition teachers have been Normand Lockwood and Mario Davidovsky. His formal studies also include composition with Jack Beeson, Susan Blaustein, George Edwards and Chou Wen-Chung; counterpoint and analysis with Jacques-Louis Monod; and double bass with Harry Safstrom.
Currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts – School of Music, Dr. Rothkopf teaches composition, graduate and undergraduate music technology, graduate music history and theory review, and graduate career strategies courses. He is a founding member of the Journal for Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) and currently serves on its senior editorial board. He is also a founding member of the MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resources for Online Teaching) Music Editorial Board and is currently Editor for the Music Editorial Board.
From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Rothkopf served as the Interim Dean of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and from 2005 to 2008 he was President of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. Dr. Rothkopf was Assistant Dean of Music and Graduate Programs at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts - School of Music from 1991 to 2013. His past teaching appointments include Columbia University, Yeshiva University and Stern College. He was Executive Director of the League of Composers/International Society for Contemporary Music U.S. Section from 1989 to 1991 and Music Director of the Ariel Contemporary Chamber Ensemble from 1982 to 1986.