Robert Fleisher (b. 1953, NYC) attended the High School of Music and Art, graduated with honors in music theory and composition from the University of Colorado, and earned the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in composition at the University of Illinois, where his teachers included Salvatore Martirano, Ben Johnston, and Paul Zonn. The recipient of artist fellowships at Yaddo, Millay Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hambidge Center, Montalvo Center, and Mishkenot Sha’ananim (Jerusalem), his work has also been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Foundation for Jewish Culture, Illinois Arts Council, and the Ruttenberg Arts Foundation. He currently serves as professor and coordinator of music theory and composition at Northern Illinois University (DeKalb).
Author of Twenty Israeli Composers: Voices of a Culture (Detroit: Wayne State UP, 1997), Dr. Fleisher is also a contributing composer and essayist in Theresa Sauer’s Notations 21 (New York: Mark Batty, 2009), an anthology of new music scores. His music appears on Centaur and Capstone labels and has been heard in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, and throughout the United States. Performances of his music in 2010 include: Noise Floor Festival at Staffordshire University (U.K.); CHAT Digital Arts Festival at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) conferences at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA), and the University of South Carolina (Columbia); University of Central Missouri New Music Festival; 25th anniversary national conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS); “360 degrees of 60x60” at the International Computer Music Conference (NYC and Stony Brook, NY); and the American Composers Alliance festival (NYC).