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 M.M. and D.M.A. degrees 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 faculties of the UIUC (1978-1980), UCLA (1980-1982), and NIU (1983-2014).

Fleisher’s chamber music 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 works have been heard globally, with more than 70 performances and broadcasts of a dozen works in 10 countries since 2010. In 2016, these included performances of three electro-acoustic works (in Brooklyn, NY; Tuscaloosa, AL; Ann Arbor, MI; and Leuk, Switzerland), and the premiere of his Five Pieces for Flute and Percussion (at NIU). His music appears on Capstone, Centaur, Navona and SEAMUS labels.