Furman Music Professor Koppelman Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

February 3, 2009

GREENVILLE, SC – February 2, 2009 – Daniel Koppelman, associate professor of music at Furman University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Ukraine beginning next month.

Koppelman will spend February through July at the Association New Music in Odessa, where he will lecture on developments in contemporary American music (jazz, classical, electronic) and focus specifically on the use of technology tools and performance practice.  He and his wife, Ruth Neville, will also make a five-city tour of the country with their multiple keyboard ensemble duo runedako.  The tour will be sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Kiev.

It’s Koppelman’s second Fulbright in as many years.  He taught in Odessa during the 2007-2008 academic year.

This year Koppelman is one of approximately a thousand U.S. faculty and professionals who’ve received Fulbright awards to travel abroad, teach and conduct research. Roughly the same number of foreign scholars will come to the United States to do the same.

These men and women are the latest in a long line of scholars who’ve been part of a program designed to foster better understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world. It was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas.

Koppelman, who earned degrees from San Francisco State University, Indiana University and the University of California at San Diego, teaches music technology and music theory at Furman.

A New York native who grew up in California, he has experience with a variety of musical traditions. Koppelman’s current performance interests include various real-time controllers, live sampling software and digital signal processing of acoustic piano.

He has recorded for CRI, New World Records, Neuma Records, Capstone, SEAMUS and C74.  He just released on Everglade Records Escapement, a 2-disc CD/DVD set of 21st century music for piano and electronics.

Koppelman has been a resident artist at STEIM in Amsterdam, the Institute of Sonology in The Hague, and the Center for Research in Computing and the
Arts in La Jolla, Calif. He received a Career Enhancement award from the Mellon Foundation in 2005 to pursue a live sampling project.  The following year he was featured as Unsigned Artist of the Month in Keyboard Magazine.

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