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Kim Kowalke

Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc.
President and CEO
Kim Kowalke is Professor of Musicology at the Eastman School of Music and Professor of Music at the University of Rochester, where he is also the Richard L. Turner Professor Emeritus in the Humanities. He is the author of many articles and four books on 20th-century music and theater, including Speak Low: The Letters of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, which inspired the Broadway musical LoveMusik, directed by Hal Prince, and Lenya-Story, premiered last year at the Kammerspiele der Josefstadt in Vienna. He is a five-time time winner of ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing about music and two Irving Lowens Awards for the best articles on American music. Since Lotte Lenya's death in 1981 Kowalke has served as President of the Kurt Weill Foundation. He founded both the Kurt Weill Edition and the international Lotte Lenya Competition. He has conducted dozens of musical theater and opera productions, and he is the recipient of the Goergen Award for distinguished achievement in undergraduate teaching. He began his career at Occidental College before founding the College Music Department at Rochester, where he leads the Musical Theater Workshop.