Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts
[January 1, 2014]
Music Building Room A
Composer-pianist Vijay Iyer has been appointed the Franklin D. and Florence rosenblatt Professor of the Arts at Harvard. Iyer will begin his appointment in January 2014.
A polymath whose career has spanned the sciences, the humanities and the arts, Vijay Iyer received an interdisciplinary PhD in the cognitive science of music from the University of California, Berkeley. He has published in Journal of Consciousness Studies, Wire, Music Perception, JazzTimes, Journal of the Society for American Music, Critical Studies in Improvisation, in the anthologies Arcana IV, Sound Unbound, Uptown Conversation, The Best Writing on Mathematics: 2010, and in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies. Iyer has served on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the New School, and is the Director of The Banff Centre’s International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, an annual 3-week program in Alberta, Canada founded by Oscar Peterson.
As a composer-pianist Iyer has received the DownBeat International Critics Poll awards for Jazz Artist of the Year, Pianist of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year, Jazz Group of the Year, and Rising Star Composer; four top awards in the JazzTimes Critics Poll (Artist of the Year, Pianist of the Year, Composer of the Year and Best Acoustic/Mainstream Group of the Year for the Vijay Iyer Trio); as well as the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and the Greenfield Prize; all in 2012. He was named one of the “50 Most Influential Global Indians” by GQ India, and was voted Musician of the Year (2010) and Pianist of the Year (2012 & 2013) by the Jazz Journalists Association. He recently received a 2013 Echo Award (the “German Grammy”) for International Pianist of the Year. Iyer has released sixteen albums as a leader. His Historicity was a 2010 Grammy Nominee for Best Instrumental Jazz Album. Iyer’s many other honors include the Alpert Award in the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and numerous composer commissions.