John Belkot’s “juxtapositions of timbre, time and space carry listeners into aesthetic regions at the intersection of preconceived boundaries of musical expectation to find unexpected moments of beauty,” (Classical Guitar Magazine). The composer, whose aesthetic is often poly-stylistic, ultimately weaves cohesive threads balancing sound and silence equally. By augmenting the music with negative space, Belkot creates a unique sense of structure and narrative in his works.
Over the past several years, Belkot has enjoyed continued commissions and performances of his music throughout the United States. His works have been featured at the College Music Society’s 54th National Conference, The LIVEWIRE Festival, the Havertown New Music and Art Series, the David Oppenheim Concert Series at the Stella Adler Studio, the Walters Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art. The recipient of Peabody Conservatory's 2014 Macht Prize for Orchestral Composition, Belkot has also been recognized with awards from the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Marin Alsop), the Baltimore Choral Arts Society (Tom Hall), and Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society. Belkot’s compositions have been championed by the harp/sax duo Pictures on Silence, SONAR New Music Ensemble, Charm City Collegium, Canticum Novum, and the baroque ensemble S'amusant.
Belkot has served as Composer-in-Residence for the Johns Hopkins University and Charm City Collegium, and treasurer for the Baltimore Composers Forum. He is currently a faculty member at the Peabody Preparatory in music theory department, affiliate faculty at Loyola University of Maryland, and is the Director of Music at Mt. Calvary Church. Belkot holds degrees from Susquehanna University and the Peabody Conservatory, where he was the recipient of the Randolph S. Rothschild and the Eugene Scheffres & Richard E. Hartt Scholarships, and served as the Composition Graduate Assistant.