Robert Fleisher - NIU - School of Music

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Robert FleisherRobert Fleisher

Professor Emeritus
D.M.A., University of Illinois

Office: 815-753-0642

Robert Fleisher attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City, graduated with honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and earned his doctorate in composition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The recipient of seven Illinois Arts Council grants, his work has also received support from the Ruttenberg Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and through resident fellowships at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, Millay Colony for the Arts, Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Montalvo Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo. Author of Twenty Israeli Composers (1997), Dr. Fleisher is also a contributing composer and essayist in Theresa Sauer’s collection of new music scores, Notations 21 (2009). He has served on the music faculties of UIUC (1978-1980), UCLA (1980-1982), and NIU (1983-2014), where he continues to teach composition.

Fleisher’s chamber music has been described as “eloquent” (Ann Arbor News), “lovely and emotional” (Toronto Musicworks), “astoundingly attractive” (Perspectives of New Music), and “ingenious” (Strad); his electro-acoustic music as “rich, tactile” and “endearingly low-tech” (New York Times). His music has been heard globally, with nearly 70 performances and broadcasts of a dozen works in 9 countries since 2010. In 2015, these included Gig Harbor for solo piano (College Music Society conference, University of Puget Sound), Five Songs from Carl Sandburg’s “Prairie” for soprano and piano (Open Space festival, University of Northern Colorado), and Ma mère for solo cello (West Chester University of Pennsylvania and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC). Ma mère may also be heard on the recently released CD, Moto Continuo (Navona-NV6003), featuring cellist Ovidiu Marinescu and Trio Casals. Additional works appear on Capstone, Centaur, and SEAMUS labels.