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Physicist and jazz pianist combines music and science at Rochester

May 6, 2021

Physicist and jazz pianist combines music and science at Rochester

The summer after his sophomore year, Lewalle had the opportunity to work with Joseph Eberly, the Andrew Carnegie Professor of Physics, conducting research on quantum optics. “It’s been difficult during COVID because, especially with jazz improv, you really feed on the energy of the crowds and the immediate interactions between musicians,” he says. As an undergraduate and later graduate student at the University of Rochester, Philippe Lewalle ’14, ’21 (PhD) has played piano at the College’s music and physics department commencement ceremonies. This year will be different, though: he will also be the one graduating—with a PhD in physics—during spring commencement ceremonies, May 14 to 16 and 20 to 23. “I came to Rochester in large part because it was feasible to double major in physics and music,” he says. “That summer definitely shaped the trajectory I took later,” Lewalle says. “The pool of talent that comes through Eastman is really motivating and inspiring,” Lewalle says.

Article from University of Rochester.