Robert Fleisher

Professor Emeritus

Robert Fleisher

Robert Fleisher, D.M.A., attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City, graduated with honors in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Colorado, and earned his M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Composition at the University of Illinois. The recipient of eight Illinois Arts Council grants, his compositional work has also been supported by the Ruttenberg Arts Foundation 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), Fleisher is also a contributing composer and essayist in Theresa Sauer’s Notations 21 (2009). He joined the NIU music faculty in 1983, served as Music Theory and Composition area coordinator from 1997 until his retirement in 2014, and continued teaching composition through 2015. He continues to compose and enjoy performances and recordings of his work in the U.S. and abroad.

Fleisher’s acoustic music has been described as "eloquent" (Ann Arbor News), "lovely and emotional" (Toronto Musicworks), "astoundingly attractive" (Perspectives of New Music), and "ingenious" (The Strad)—his electroacoustic music as "rich, tactile" and "endearingly low-tech" (New York Times). His works are regularly performed in the U.S. and have been heard in more than a dozen other countries, most recently including Greece, Russia, Switzerland, and the U.K. In 2018, Fleisher’s music was heard during both the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival and Electronic Music Midwest; solo works for piano and cello were performed in Russia, and two of his solo piano compositions were performed and recorded for the American Piano Music series on the PnOVA label. Additional works may be heard on Albany, Capstone, Centaur, Navona, Sarton and SEAMUS labels.

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