Spotlight On: Philip Rothman 

Christopher Borg 

Deirdre MacNamara and Jake Lipman in Tongue in Cheeks' production of Proof.
What does an Off-Off-Broadway sound designer do in his off-time?  Oh, just compose for symphony orchestras and HBO. Slumming it much?

Nationally recognized composer Philip Rothman was nominated in 2010 for Outstanding Sound Design for his work on Tongue In Cheek Productionís Proof. More recently,  you can hear his orchestrations in the motion picture The Beaver, in theaters right now, and also the upcoming Too Big to Fail which premieres on HBO May 23rd.

Rothmanís compositions have been performed by the North Carolina Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the United States Military Academy Band among others. His music has been heard at major venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as well as broadcast on more than 200 radio stations in America. Recent works include orchestrations for feature films such as The Nanny Diaries, Hollywoodland (Focus Features), and You Donít Know Jack (HBO Films). Rothman received a Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. He has earned numerous awards and honors throughout his career including four ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the Brian M. Israel Prize, a fellowship from the League of American Orchestras, and various grants from the American Music Center. Rothman currently serves as program advisor to the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

Rothman is currently working on a new orchestral commission for the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, to premiere on July 23. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, the Eastern Music Festival & School (EMF) has commissioned five new world premieres from Rothman as well as composers Pierre Jalbert, Peter Boyer, Michael Hersch, and Vivian Fung, all of whom will be in attendance for their premieres.  This marks the first time that Eastern Music Festival will have five world premieres in one season, each of which will be performed in July during the 2011 Season.

While Rothman's work is celebrated across the country, his natural modesty came out last year.  When he received his nomination, he described creating music and sound design for Proof as "a joy" and was quoted as saying "I'm so delighted to be nominated for this award; I share it with the enormously talented cast and crew, who incorporated my work seamlessly into the show.Ē  Now thatís a class act.

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