Ross Bauer (b. 1951) is a master composer of deeply expressive, highly charged music in a wide variety of genres. Throughout his works, whether orchestral, concerti with orchestra or chamber ensemble, vocal or chamber music, his sense of form and instrumental writing is exquisitely idiomatic and his orchestration crystal clear and dazzling in its color. Recognition has come from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in the form of a 2005 Academy Award in Music and the Walter Hinrichsen Award. Other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Fromm Foundation commissions, Barlow and Koussevitzky commissions, an NEA Composition Fellowship, and residences at the MacDowell Colony. Bauer teaches composition and theory at the University of California, Davis and has also taught at Stanford and Brandeis Universities. He attended New England Conservatory and Brandeis, studying with John Heiss, Martin Boykan, Arthur Berger and Luciano Berio.