Coordinator of Theory and Composition
Advisory Committee Representative, Theory and Composition
D.M.A., University of Illinois
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. His work has been supported by artist residencies in the United States and abroad, and by the Ruttenberg Arts Foundation, National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the National Endowment for the Humanities; he recently received his seventh grant from the Illinois Arts Council. The author of Twenty Israeli Composers (1997), he is also a contributing composer and essayist in Theresa Sauer’s Notations 21 (2009). His music has been heard in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan, the U.K., throughout the U.S., and worldwide via online webcasts. Recordings are available on Centaur, Capstone, and SEAMUS labels.
Performances since 2010 include: Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) national conferences at St. Cloud State University (MN), University of Miami (FL), and McNally Smith College of Music (MN); Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) national conferences at the University of South Carolina and Ohio State University; SCI regional conferences at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University of Puget Sound (WA), Augustana College (IL), Clarke University (IA), and the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg; College Music Society regional conference at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Noise Floor Festival at Staffordshire University (UK); CHAT Digital Arts Festival, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; International Computer Music Conference, NYC and Stony Brook University (NY); American Composers Alliance festival (NYC); New Voices Festival, Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.); Composers Concordance festival (NYC), “Tutti” new music festival, Denison University (OH), Festival Musiques démesurées (France), Electronic Music Midwest, Lewis University (IL); Contemporanea (Italy); Music Farmers (Australia); Music Gallery (Toronto); Taipei Contemporary Art Center (Taiwan); Grey Matter Books (MA); Art Academy of Cincinnati (OH); threewalls gallery (Chicago, IL); Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; High Point University (NC); Centro de las Artes de San Luis Potosí (México); Washington University (MO), and the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium.
Recent reviews include: Allan Kozinn, "Where Composers Lend Their Voices," New York Times (July 17, 2010): C6. [http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/18/arts/music/18alliance.html?_r=0] The reviewed work, Loretto Alfresco, is included in the SEAMUS Electro-Acoustic Miniatures 2012 CD (“Re-Caged”).
Recent exhibitions include: Mandala 3: Trigon (amplified woodwind trio), “Notations 21: Architecture in Sound,” Utrecht, Netherlands (Gaudeamus Muziekweek) and Clermont-Ferrand, France (Festival Musiques démesurées), 2012.
Recent broadcasts include: Audiograft Festival Jukebox, Sonic Art Research Unit, Oxford Brookes University (U.K.); “AIR/EAR” Radio Alimento (Santa Fe, Argentina); “Avant-garde and Beyond,” CJSR/Edmonton, Alberta (Canada), 2013.