Rich Rudin

received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Temple University. He has performed regularly throughout the Delaware Valley since 1970, playing in a wide variety of styles and settings. Rudin has written about 350 jazz and pop tunes. His CD, “Compositions”, distributed nationally by NorthCountry Distributors, features 13 original jazz tunes.

Karl Stark of the Philadelphia Inquirer, begins his 3 and a half star review saying, “It’s rare to discover a jazz CD with so much unabashed melody” and calls “Compositions” a “luminous recording”, “full of bravura moments”, showing “a masterly use of color”. In the national magazine “Jazz Times”, Marcela Breton, referring to the CD, “Compositions”, calls Rudin’s music “abstract yet accessible”, and calls Rudin “a composer of considerable versatility and facility.” Rudin is joined on the CD by Ken Ulansey, Bruce Kaminsky and Lou Abbott on sax, bass and drums. He and his quartet also performed original jazz compositions as the score for the award-winning film “Learning the Changes”.

Rudin has also composed classical music for solo piano, a wide variety of chamber ensembles and full orchestra, and has had works performed by groups such as the Kapelle Trio, Relache, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. His “Serenade for Miquon” was composed for the film “Alternative School?”. He has composed electronic music for the full length feature film “The Family Business”, and for industrials produced by Unisys, Dupont and the Educational Testing Service, among others.

Rudin has been teaching piano, music theory & composition privately since 1970. He is founder and director of the Maplewood Music Studio, a music school with nearly 20 faculty members, which offers lessons on virtually all instruments and in all styles of music. The studio opened in 1980, and is located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Rudin served on the board of directors of the Northern Delaware Valley Music Teachers Association for many years and served as its president from 1995 to 1997. He also served as treasurer of the Philadelphia Music Teachers Association from 1989 to 1996.

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