John Rot is as close to being a hometown contestant as possible in this year’s competition. He has just started his sophomore year at Oberlin College, which is 25 miles southwest of Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory.
In this conversation with Joe Drew, he talks about how his experience at a composition seminar opened his eyes to the adventurism of contemporary music and irreversibly planted the composition bug in his brain:
Interview with John Rot
Latency of Influence
Performed by Annie Gordon, flute; Nathan Lesser, violin; Jennifer Bower, piano