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Petr Kotik

Petr Kotik is a composer, flutist, and conductor, and a central figure in post-WWII classical music. He is cofounder, with Julius Eastman and Jan Williams, of the S.E.M. Ensemble, and, with Alvin Lucier, Earle Brown, and Christian Wolff, of the Ostrava Days Festival. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2022 John Cage Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

The Future of Classical Music? Contemporary Music? New Music?

In our culture, and I presume everywhere around the globe, a minority driven by a meaningful purpose has always played an important role, sometimes a leading one.


The Brooklyn Rail

MAY 2023

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