Robert Fleisher attended the High School of Music and Art in his native New York City, graduated with honors from the University of Colorado, and earned his M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in composition at the University of Illinois, studying with Ben Johnston, Salvatore Martirano, and Paul Zonn. Author of Twenty Israeli Composers (1997), he is also a contributing composer and essayist in Theresa Sauer’s Notations 21 (2009). Fleisher’s chamber music has been described as “eloquent” (Ann Arbor News), “lovely and emotional” (Musicworks), “astoundingly attractive” (Perspectives of New Music), and “ingenious” (Strad); his electroacoustic music characterized as “rich, tactile” and “endearingly low-tech” (New York Times). Awarded artist residencies at the Hambidge Center, Millay Colony, Montalvo Center, VCCA, Yaddo, and Mishkenot Sha’ananim, he has also received eight Illinois Arts Council grants as well as support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the Ruttenberg Arts Foundation. Fleisher’s works have been heard in more than a dozen countries and appear on Albany, Capstone, Centaur, Navona, Petrichor, PnOVA, Sarton, and SEAMUS labels. He is Professor Emeritus at Northern Illinois University, and a member of BMI.