Peter Row

peter row

"Rag Kanmaj"
From a 1976 NEC Memorial Concert recording.

Peter was a performer on sitar and rudra vina. He was a member of the faculty of the New England Conservatory, where he served as Dean (1983-1990) and Provost (1990-1996 and 2000-2004). Peter studied sitar and rudra vina in Calcutta, India (1965-1973) with Pandit Gokul Nag of the Vishnupur Gharana and obtained the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctor of Music (Sangitacharya), from the Prayag Sangit Samiti in Allahabad, India. Peter performed in concert throughout North America and India and made numerous radio and television appearances. A former president of the Northeast Chapter of the Society of Ethnomusicology, he is widely published and lectured about Indian music across the U.S. He was the recipient of a JDR Third Fund Fellowship for Doctoral Studies in India and was a research associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also served as a consultant on Asian music for the Smithsonian Institute. The Peter Row Memorial Concert was held in the New England Conservatory of Music's Jordan Hall on September 20, 2018 to honor this remarkable musician, scholar, teacher and friend. The program reflected Peter's wide ranging musical interests. Artists performing at the concert included sarodist George Ruckert, pianist Ran Blake, vocalist Dominique Eade, the Borromeo String Quartet, percussionist Jerry Leake, sitarist Andrew Row, and NEC alumni including Sarah Atwood, Utsav Lal, composer and jazz hornist John Clark, and Scott Halligan. While Peter passed on April 2, 2018, his impact and presence on those who knew him will always remain.

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