Rob Schultz


It is with great sadness that we share the news that Rob Schultz, a vibrant young scholar and beloved colleague to many in the SMT, passed away on May 22, 2016 after a brief illness, just a day before his 39th birthday. An Assistant Professor in Music Theory at the University of Kentucky, Rob was an active contributor to the field of contour theory and a co-founder of the biennial conference series and biannual journal Analytic Approaches to World Music. Our heartfelt condolences go to his many friends, colleagues, and students. For Rob’s obituary and a link to a Guest Book, please visit: Rob Schultz's Guest Book

Working in close association with Rob’s family, the editors and organizers of the Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM) journal and conference series have recently established the Rob Schultz Junior Scholar Award to honor our dear friend and colleague. Please visit the award page for details.

In addition, the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts has established the Rob Schultz Memorial Fund, which will “provide a yearly award to a music student who exhibits the dedication and enthusiasm for music and scholarship by which we fondly remember Rob.” To make a gift, please send a check payable to the “UK College of Fine Arts” with “Rob Schultz Memorial Fund” in the memo line to: Kim Harris, Director of Philanthropy; College of Fine Arts; 206 Fine Arts Building; Lexington, KY 40506. For more information about the fund, please contact Kim Harris at 859-257-3145.


Fabrizio Pellizzaro Ferreri


Fabrizio Pellizzaro Ferreri was born on July 10th, 1966, in Turin, an ancient city which was the first capital of Italy, and which became then the main industrial centre for car production. When he was ten years old, Fabrizio started his piano lectures, cultivating an inclination he had since when he was very young and this study will persuade him later on, to leave the scientific school in order to get a deeper knowledge of music.

In September 1989, Fabrizio entered the Berklee College of Music in Boston (USA), and after three years earned his B.M. Degree in Jazz Composition. He then returned shortly to Turin, before leaving for Edinburgh, Scotland, where he resided for the next six years.

In November 1996 while still residing in Edinburgh, Fabrizio suffered an arterial rupture; his life saved by emergency cardiac surgery at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary. Shortly thereafter, Fabrizio was diagnosed with the rare disease referred to as Marfan’s Syndrome. Medical experts also informed Fabrizio at this time that his life expectancy was extremely short. Despite this fact, his strong spirit and character together with his love of life facilitated his recovery after a long period of physical suffereing.

In September 1997 Fabrizio accompanied Lawrence Shuster, his friend and fellow Berklee student, to Beijing, China where they served as guest instructors at the Contemporary Music Institute, China’s first private music conservatory. In 1999 Fabrizio moved to London, England where he earned his Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology at the City University of London. His Master’s dissertation entitled “Concepts of Musical Time in Balinese Gamelan and Culture” earned the best dissertation prize in 2001.

In 2002 Fabrizio accepted a position as instructor in the Jazz Department at a private conservatory in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. In 2002 Fabrizio accepted a permanent position at the Contemporary Music Institute in Beijing, China where he remained until his death on June 4th, 2005.His ashes, according to his will, were spread in the sea.

Fabrizio was like a big tree with deep roots in his native city of Torino, where he frequently returned to meet his family and his friends, and also very long branches extending far away in his explorations of different cultures and musical traditions.

His passion for music and travel were the most important factors in the development of his strong and courageous spirit which has made such a lasting impression in his friend’s and student’s memory as well as others who paths intersected with him.

Eugenia Ferreri (Torino, Italy)