A man whose music has been described as “infectious , loud, and fun” (Gramophone Magazine), and “fascinatingly strange” (BBC Music Magazine), award-winning composer Arthur Gottschalk is Professor of Music Composition at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. His music is regularly performed domestically and overseas, and his works are recorded and distributed on Navona Recordings, New Ariel, Crystal Records, Summit, Capstone, Beauport Classical, ERMMedia, AURecordings, Golden Crest, MSR Classics, Ablaze Records, Naxos, Amirani (Italy), and Delage (France). His works are published by Subito Music, Shawnee Press, European American Music Distributors, Alea Publishing, Trevco Music, The International Horn Society, Potenza Music, Delage Musique, and The Spectrum Press.
He has worked in diverse areas of music, including composing and arranging music for feature films, television scores, numerous industrial films and commercials, music publishing, and artist management. He works as an expert in music copyright cases and as a forensic musicologist. His violin concerto won the First Prize of the VVX Concorso Internazionale di Composizione Originale (Corciano, Italy), and his orchestral tone poem Upon Whose Shoulders We Stand won the 2017 Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Award. He has been awarded the prestigious Bogliasco Fellowship for additional work in Italy, as well as a residency at The MacDowell Colony. Further awards include the Charles Ives Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal, Best in Show, and Top Recording of 2015 for Music Composition from the Global Music Awards, composer residencies at the famed Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. The Association of Rice Alumni honored him with their 2016 Meritorious Service Award, and in 2018 he was named a featured composer for the Thailand International Composition Festival, where eight concerts of his music were presented.