Robert Kurka

1921 - 1957

American

Summary

Robert Kurka was born in Cicero, Illinois on December 22, 1921 and died
in New York City on December 12, 1957. After studying violin with
Kathleen Parlow and Hans Letz, he attended Columbia University and
received his M.A. degree in 1948. Although largely self-taught in
composition he studied briefly with Otto Luening and Darius Milhaud.
From 1948 to 1951 he taught music at The City College of New York and
later taught at Queens College and Dartmouth. Among his honors were a
Guggenheim Fellowship, an award from the National Institute of Arts and
Letters, and, shortly before his death, Brandeis University's first
Creative Award "to a composer on the threshold of a promising career."

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