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       A featured composer in the 2014 American Composers Orchestra’s Underwood New Music Readings, Kyle Peter Rotolo (b. 1986) has been called “a very talented young composer with much to look forward to in the future” (Paula Brusky, Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition, Inc.), whose music is “mesmerizing” and possesses “a strong sense of propulsion and transport” (Tobias Fischer, He is a multi-faceted composer for the concert hall, film, and visual media, who grew up on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, just across from the City That Never Sleeps.

        Swim, the 2019 short film directed by Enrique Unzueta and featuring Kyle’s score was recently screened at the NAACP's Arts, Culture, and Entertainment Festival, a prelude to their 111th National Convention. Conquering Sun for 17 musicians was premiered February 2019 by David Dzubay and the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, a Jacobs School Dean’s Prize commission.  The piece takes inspiration from Diane Tuft’s monograph The Arctic Melt: Images of A Disappearing Landscape ( and was written with her kind permission.  Kyle's music has been performed on the stages of the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, France, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Neue Synagogue in Berlin, Germany. In May 2017, his chamber opera Marilyn's Room was commissioned by Bloomington, Indiana's New Voices Opera and premiered in Bloomington’s Buskirk-Chumley Theatre.

         Kyle has been fortunate to receive a 2018 I.U. - Jacobs School Dean's Prize in Composition for Chamber Ensemble, an Audience Award from the 2014 American Composers Orchestra’s Underwood Readings, the 2016 Leonard Newman Prize from the Just Made in Indiana Music Festival, the Ada Arens Morawetz Memorial Award in Composition, third prize in the Prix d’Ete chamber music composition competition (the latter two from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University), and was a finalist in both the BMI Student Composer Awards (2013) and the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (2014, 2015).

        Just as entranced by the art, craft, and business of filmmaking, Kyle devotes a significant part of his creative efforts to writing music for visual media, as it allows him to draw upon his large palette of stylistic influences in pursuit of telling a great story.  Formal studies in film history, theory, and analysis during his undergraduate years deepened Kyle's lifelong appreciation of movies.  In 2019, his music for the film SWIM was featured as part of Film Independent's (administrators of the Film Independent Spirit Awards) Project Involve Mentorship Initiative.  He also maintains an active schedule as an orchestrator, copyist, and assistant for professionals in the field of commercial music.


        Awarded a Doctor of Music (2019) from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music where he received a Barbara & David Jacobs Fellowship and served as an Adjunct Instructor of Music Composition, Kyle is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.  He counts among his mentors Kevin Puts, David Dzubay, N. Lincoln Hanks, and Larry Groupé.  Kyle has also studied privately with Samuel Adler, Derek Bermel, P.Q. Phan, & John Gibson.  He wishes to thank the Peabody Institute for supporting him with two Career Development Grants.  Please "like" Kyle on Facebook (, "follow" him on Twitter (@KylePeterMusic) and SoundCloud (, and "subscribe" to his YouTube page (  Thanks a million!


Epitaphios (2011)

Taso Comanescu, guitar

His debut solo classical recording featuring music from Dowland, Bach, Scottish traditionals, Greek contemporaries, many other places and eras, includng the world premiere of Kyle's Le crâne avec une cigarrette qui fumé (2011) for solo guitar.

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