Discipline: Music Composition

Yotam Haber

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: New Orleans, LA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016

Yotam Haber's music has been hailed by The New Yorker critic Alex Ross as “deeply haunting,” and he was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of five classical musicians in its "2014 Faces To Watch," and was chosen as one of the “30 composers under 40” by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Project 440. Haber, who was born in Holland and grew up in Israel, Nigeria, and Milwaukee, is the recipient of 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 New Music USA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Yaddo, Bogliasco, MacDowell, the Hermitage, ASCAP, and the Copland House.

The composer's recent commissions include works for Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor; new works for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, CalARTS@REDCAT/Disney Hall (Los Angeles); New York-based Contemporaneous, Gabriel Kahane, Either/Or, and Alarm Will Sound; the 2015 New York Philharmonic's Contact! Series; the 2012 and 2014 Venice Biennale; 2012 Bang on a Can Summer Festival; the 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. Haber is currently working on Voice Imitator, an evening-length cycle of piano works with visual artist and MacArthur Fellow Anna Schuleit Haber, based on the stories of Thomas Bernhard; and with librettist Royce Vavrek, on XVIOLENCES, a micro-opera for 2015. Haber is artistic director emeritus of MATA, the non-profit 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.



Yotam Haber worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the studios on property, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the program began welcoming…

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