An accomplished singer and pianist, Joshua Fishbein (b. 1984) composes both vocal and instrumental music. Currently, Fishbein is a PhD student in Music Composition at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music, where he serves as Managing Director of the UCLA Early Music Ensemble. His music has won prizes in numerous competitions, such as the 60th Annual BMI Student Composer Awards, the Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Composition Competition of the American Choral Directors Association, The Esoterics’ POLYPHONOS Competition, the National Lutheran Choir’s 25th Anniversary Choral Composition Competition, the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus Competition for Young Composers, The American Prize, the Hollywood Master Chorale’s “Voices of LA” Project, the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival Composition Contest, and WomenSing’s Youth Inspiring Youth Competition.
Fishbein completed his Master’s degree in Music Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), where he won first prize in the SFCM Artsong Competition, and where he enjoyed serving as Assistant Conductor to David Conte of the Conservatory Chorus. While earning undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Music Composition at Carnegie Mellon University, Fishbein won the Harry G. Archer Prize in orchestral composition.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Fishbein studied piano performance and music theory at The Peabody Preparatory. His Hebrew choral music has been recognized by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society’s Student Composer Project, Shalshelet’s International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music, and the Guild of Temple Musicians’ Young Composers Award.
Fishbein’s composition teachers include Roger Bourland, Paul Chihara, David Conte, Nancy Galbraith, Ian Krouse, and David Lefkowitz. Recently, Fishbein entered into a music publishing agreement with ECS Publishing. For more information, please visit the composer’s website at www.fishbeinmusic.com.