Robert Starer was born in Vienna in 1924. He studied at the State Academy in Vienna, at the Jerusalem Conservatoire, and at the Juilliard School.
Robert Starer's orchestral works have been performed by major orchestras in the U.S. and abroad under such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Erich Leinsdorf, and Zubin Mehta. His stage works include several scores for Martha Graham. The recording of his "Violin Concerto" (Itzhak Perlman and the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa) was nominated for a Grammy. Interpreters of his music include the sopranos Roberta Peters and Leontyne Price, violinist Jaime Laredo, cellist Janos Starker, and flutist Paula Robison. Starer taught at the Juilliard School and the Graduate Center of C.U.N.Y., where he was named a Distinguished Professor in 1986. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1994. At great loss to the musical world, Starer died April 22, 2001.
Starer with his good friend and collaborator Gail Godwin.
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