Neol Zahler (b. 1951) has a Ph.D. in musical arts from Columbia University; a master’s degree from Princeton University; a certificato di perfezionamento from L’Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy; and a bachelor’s degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College.
His awards and prizes include a National Endowment for the Arts Consortium Commission; a Fulbright/Hayes Fellowship to Italy; two McDowell Colony Fellowships; an Aaron Copland Foundation Grant in support of recording; a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Individual Artists Grant; and a Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) prize for the sound score to the computer-realized video “Gothic Tempest.” Zahler’s compositions include a wide range of vocal, instrumental, electro-acoustic, interactive and multimedia works. In addition, Zahler is the co-author of three computer software programs, the “Artificially Intelligent Computer Performer,” “Score Follow” and “Music Matrix.”
His writings on music theory and composition, artificial intelligence and music, and computer music have been published in various publications. Zahler was recently elected vice president of the American Composers Alliance.