Robert Fleisher

Professor Emeritus

Robert Fleisher

Robert Fleisher 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 and coordinated the Music Theory and Composition area from 1997 until his retirement in 2014. Dr. Fleisher continued teaching composition through 2015 and remains actively engaged in performances and recordings of his music.

Fleisher’s acoustic compositions have been described as “eloquent” (Ann Arbor News), “lovely and emotional” (Musicworks), “astoundingly attractive” (Perspectives of New Music), and “ingenious” (Strad)—his electroacoustic works as “rich, tactile” and “endearingly low-tech” (New York Times). His music is regularly performed in the United States (including CA, IL, IN, NY, RI, UT, VA in 2019) and has been heard in more than a dozen other countries (most recently Greece, Russia, Switzerland, and the U.K.). In 2019, Fleisher’s Six Little Piano Pieces (2018) and Gig Harbor (2010) were released on Vol. 5 in the American Piano Music Series (PnOVA), featuring the noted British pianist, Martin Jones. His music may be also heard on Albany, Capstone, Centaur, Navona, Sarton, and SEAMUS labels.

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