2020 Laureate, The Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music
Noted by New Yorker critic Alex Ross for his “deeply haunting” music, by The Los Angeles Times as one of five “2014 Faces To Watch” in classical music, and chosen as one of the “30 composers under 40” by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Project 440, Yotam Haber was born in Holland and grew up in Israel, Nigeria, and Milwaukee. He holds the 2021 Benjamin Danks Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and received the 2020 Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music, a 2017 Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress, a 2013 Fromm Music Foundation commission, a 2013 NYFA award, the 2007 Rome Prize, and a 2005 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. He has received grants and fellowships from Civitella Ranieri, the MAP Fund, New Music USA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the Bellagio Rockefeller Foundation, Yaddo, Bogliasco, MacDowell Colony, the Hermitage, ASCAP, the Copland House, Aspen Music Festival, and Tanglewood. In 2015, Haber’s rst monographic album of chamber music, Torus, was hailed by New York’s WQXR as “a snapshot of a soul influx – moving from life to the afterlife, from Israel to New Orleans – a composer looking for a sound and finding something powerful along the way.” Recent commissions include works for Argento New Music Project, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Kronos Quartet and Carnegie Hall, Pritzker Prizewinning architect Peter Zumthor, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, [email protected]/ Disney Hall (Los Angeles), New York-based Contemporaneous, Gabriel Kahane and Alarm Will Sound, the 2015 New York Philharmonic CONTACT! Series, the Venice Biennale, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Neuvocalsolisten Stuttgart and ensemble l’arsenale, FLUX Quartet, JACK Quartet, Cantori New York, the Tel Aviv-based Meitar Ensemble, and the Berlin-based Quartet New Generation.
His eclectic catalog includes New Water Music for hundreds of musicians to be played on water and land, From the Book (written for the Kronos Quartet), and the oratorio A More Convenient Season (commissioned by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra to commemorate the 1963 16th St.Baptist Church bombing). Haber is Associate Professor of Composition at UMKC Conservatory and Artistic Director Emeritus of MATA, the non-pro t organization founded by Philip Glass that has, since 1996, been dedicated to commissioning and presenting new works by young composers from around the world. His music is published by RAI Trade.
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