Death of an original American composer, 72

Death of an original American composer, 72


norman lebrecht

October 19, 2021

We have been notified of the passing of Carson Kievman, composer of 10 operas and eight symphonies by his own count. He had been suffering from diabetes for several years.

Los Angeles born and a student of Olivier Messiaen, he worked and recorded with leading US orchestras.

Interview with Carson here.

Try some of his music here.


  • Thomas Piercy says:

    An adventurous composer and full-of-life character.
    He will be missed.

  • Carl Kruse says:

    He was a brilliant composer who shared his love of music with younger generations and especially with those less advantaged via Sobe Arts and other projects. I sat on the board of Sobe Arts and we did several fundraisers at my house in Miami for the organization. Carson taught me much about music and life. I’m sad he is gone.