(October 12, 1930 - May 18, 2022)
Composer RAOUL PLESKOW was born October 12, 1930 in Vienna, Austria. He immigrated to the United States in 1939 and became a naturalized citizen in 1945. From 1950 to 1952 he attended the Julliard School of Music in New york City. In 1956 he, graduated from Queens College, where he studied composition with Karol Rathaus, earning a Bachelor of Music (BM). In 1958 he earned a Masters degree in Music (MM) at Columbia University where he studied composition with Otto Luening. In 1959 he joined the faculty of the department of music at C. W. Post College of Long Island University. There he worked together with Stefan Wolpe, then chairman of the department. Pleskow became chairman of the department of music and in 1970 became full professor; he is now retired from teaching and is composer in residence at C. W. Post College.