Rick Baitz composes for multiple platforms, from the concert stage to film, dance, and theater. His concert works have been performed across the US, Europe and Latin America, with his string quartet “Chthonic Dances” described as “a bright-hued, vigorously melodic score” by the New York Times. His Juilliard-commissioned quintet "River of January" won multiple awards, including the Delius Composition Contest, and was termed a "glowing jewel of a new score" -- also by the NY Times. Rick's percussion quartet with live electronic processing, "Hall of Mirrors," was commissioned for the Juilliard School’s “Beyond The Machine” concert series, and premiered in March 2015. Current projects include a solo violin piece, also with electronics, for acclaimed violinist Cornelius Dufallo.
Film credits include HBO's "The Vagina Monologues" and "Life Afterlife," the feature documentary “Who Cares About Kelsey,"the Sundance-honored "The Education of Shelby Knox," and National Geographic's acclaimed specials "The New Chimpanzees" and "Heart of Africa." Raised in Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro and Durban, South Africa, Rick has worked as a deckhand on a dredger in Durban and a cab driver in New York City. He received his DMA in Composition from Columbia University, and Bachelors and Masters from Manhattan School of Music. Rick is former Faculty Chair of the renowned MFA in Music Composition at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he remains on the faculty and mentors in contemporary composition, film scoring, songwriting, jazz composition and electronic music. He is also Director of BMI's advanced film music workshop, "Composing for the Screen," in New York City.