Gilad Rabinovitch holds PhD degrees in music theory (2015) and composition (2013) from the Eastman School of Music, as well as degrees in musicology and composition from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Academy of Music. He is active in music theory, composition, improvisation, and teaching. His primary research project deals with Robert Gjerdingen’s galant schemata, which are contrapuntal prototypes underlying the musical surface, and the syntax that organizes them within musical form in the period 1730-1780. His other academic interests are partimenti, the history of music theory, counterpoint, historical improvisation, music cognition, and Gabriel Fauré’s Harmony. He has presented his research at major conferences, including annual meetings of the Society for Music Theory, and has given lectures and workshops at institutions including Cornell University and the University of Michigan.
As a composer, Dr. Rabinovitch has received commissions from organizations such as the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Contemporary Players, Klangnetz, and the Cornell Chamber Singers. He has participated at the Aldeburgh Music Festival and the Asian Composers League Festival. Before coming to GSU in Fall 2015, Dr. Rabinovitch had acquired more than a decade of academic teaching experience and received teaching honors from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Eastman School of Music. With Dr. Johnandrew Slominski, he has jointly initiated, designed, and taught the first two editions of “Classical Music on the Spot,” an intensive summer workshop on eighteenth-century keyboard improvisation. Their collaborative article on teaching historical improvisation appeared in Music Theory Online.