Ezra Laderman

ezra.laderman.2012-smallWith sadness, the MBL notes the passing of MBL Emeritus Society Member Ezra Laderman of New Haven, CT and Woods Hole who died on February 28, 2015 at the age of 90. The MBL flag will be lowered his memory when weather permits.

Laderman, a classical music composer and former dean of the Yale School of Music, was instrumental in bringing world-class music to the MBL and Woods Hole for more than 25 years through the annual chamber music concert and through Falmouth Forum presentations.

In 1988, the MBL named Laderman “Composer of the Corporation.” That year he composed MBL Suite, commissioned by the laboratory in celebration of its centennial. In 2009, in recognition of his 85th birthday, MBL Director and CEO Gary Borisy presented a certificate to Laderman which read:

“The Marine Biological Laboratory presents this certificate of appreciation to Ezra Laderman, Composer Laureate, on this 9th day of August 2009 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to enrich the musical life of the MBL community.”

Laderman was born in Brooklyn, NY, on June 29, 1924. He attended New York City’s High School of Music and Art, where at the age of fifteen he performed his own piano concerto with the school’s orchestra. He served as a radio operator with the 69th Infantry Division during World War II from 1943 though 1946. He enrolled at Brooklyn College upon return to civilian life, studying composition and earning his B.A. in 1950. He then studied composition with Stefan Wolpe, and with Otto Luening and Douglas Moore at Columbia University, where received his M.A. in 1952.

Laderman’s compositions ranged from solo instrumental and vocal works to dance, large-scale choral and orchestral music. His works included twelve string quartets, eleven concertos, and eight symphonies; six dramatic oratorios, music for dance, seven operas, and music for two Academy Award-winning films.

Laderman is survived by his wife of 63 years, Aimlee Laderman, and children, Isaiah Laderman, Jacob Laderman, and Rachel Laderman, grandchildren, Lael Laderman LaRanger, Bezia Laderman, Irit Laderman, Ephraim Laderman, Shoshana Bar Asher, Ariel Donnette, Jason Donnette, and Sophia Laderman, and great-grandson Micha’El Bar Asher.

Funeral services were held in New Haven, CT on March 3 with interment services to follow at The Woods Hole Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Ezra Laderman Composition Prize at the Yale School of Music, P.O. Box 208246, New Haven, CT 06520.

Full obituaries may be found here:

The New Haven Register

Yale School of Music