Rolf Gehlhaar is a pioneer in interactivity, computer-aided composition and generative, studied Philosophy at Yale University and Music at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1967 Karlheinz Stockhausen engaged him as his personal assistant, private student and member of his electroacoustic music ensemble. After four years in this position he became a freelance composer and performer. From 1971 onwards he received numerous major commissions, prizes, and appointments at institutions such as IRCAM, The Centre Pompidou Paris, La Villette Paris,
The Sydney Opera House (sound designer), MIT, Cambridge USA, Hayward Gallery London, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and many others. From 2002-08 he was MA Course Director in Design & Digital Media at Coventry University. He is a freelance composer & researcher whose main interest is developing technology for access to music making for the disabled. He resides in London. Rolf performs with his son: VAHAKN MATOSSIAN – Vahakn Art & Design studio creates interactive and real-world public projects.
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