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. composition degrees 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 music has been described as “eloquent” (Ann Arbor News), “lovely and emotional” (Musicworks), “astoundingly attractive” (Perspectives of New Music), and “ingenious” (The Strad). His electroacoustic works have been characterized as “rich, tactile” and “endearingly low-tech” (The New York Times). Fleisher’s scores have been exhibited in the United States (including 1984 and 1986 New Music America festivals), France, and the Netherlands. Awarded artist residencies at the Hambidge Center, Millay Colony, Montalvo Center, VCCA, Yaddo, and Mishkenot Sha’ananim, he has also received support from the Illinois Arts Council and the Ruttenberg Arts Foundation. Fleisher’s music has received hundreds of performances in more than a dozen countries, and may also be heard on Albany, Capstone, Centaur, Navona, Petrichor, Phasma (forthcoming), PnOVA, Sarton, and SEAMUS labels. He is Professor Emeritus at Northern Illinois University and a member of BMI.

Albums

Moto Finale

Release Date: December 10, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6388
21st Century
Chamber
Piano Trio
MOTO FINALE brings the beloved chamber music series to a close with a number of works inspired by nature, loss, spiritual connection, and music of the past. The seasoned Trio Casals returns for this seventh and final installment to perform the works of seven composers in a diverse and conclusive capstone of modern composition. A fitting album to end the series, MOTO FINALE rewards the attention of listeners as it leads them on a journey of interweaving experiences. Trauma and chaos mingle with tranquility, nostalgia, melancholy, and hope, painting a broad emotional landscape.
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Moto Continuo

Release Date: July 10, 2015
Catalog Number: NV6003
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Cello
Piano Trio
Praised for his "bold and expressive" playing (Gramophone Magazine), cellist Ovidiu Marinescu and Navona Records present MOTO CONTINUO, a collection of six contemporary solo cello and piano trio works - from the intense, dark, and expressive to the calm, light, and austere - performed by Marinescu and his colleagues from Trio Casals, violinist Sylvia Ahramjian and pianist Anna Kislitsyna.
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