Composer and sound artist Rama Gottfried (b. 1977) is recent PhD graduate from the University of California, Berkeley where he studied with Franck Bedrossian, Edmund Campion, Adrian Freed and David Wessel. Previously, he completed composition studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin, the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the University of Vermont. His previous teachers have included: Walter Zimmermann, Marc Sabat, Nils Vigeland, Reiko Fueting, Justin Dello Joio, Joel Chadabe and Ernie Stires. He has had pieces featured at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, MaerzMusik, SPOR, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, MATA, Klangwerkstatt, ICMC, Wet Ink, and Machine Project/Hammer Museum festivals, and sound installations at the Berliner Congress Center, Complice, Mino Washi Paper Museum, Stadtbad-Wedding, and Pacific Basin Building. In 2002 he joined Ensemble Pamplemousse where he collaborated for many years working in electro-acoustic music and the merging of sound, installation, and performance arts.
In 2012, Rama was in residence at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) working with the Acoustic and Cognitive Spaces Team on aesthetic applications of Wave Field Synthesis (WFS) and Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA). In 2017 he will be in residence at IRCAM with the Music Representation and Acoustic and Cognitive Spaces Teams working on notation performance systems for spatial movement, and at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) developing interactive systems for controlling spatial movement.