Yotam Haber

Yotam Haber, was born in Holland and is a citizen of Israel and the United States. He grew up in Milwaukee, and attended Indiana University, studying with Eugene O’Brien and Claude Baker. He completed a doctorate in composition at Cornell University in 2004, studying with Roberto Sierra and Steven Stucky. He spent 2000 in Bologna, Italy, as part of the Course on Use of Live Electronics, taught by Alvise Vidolin (Luigi Nono’s sound engineer) and the composer Adriano Guarnieri. He received a 2002 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Award for his chamber orchestra work, In Sleep a King, and one in 2004 for his double clarinet quintet, Blur. In 2004, he also won the second bi-annual ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize for the wind ensemble work, Espresso, which was performed at Carnegie Hall by Rutgers Wind Ensemble, directed by William Berz, and consequently recorded for release in the fall of 2006. He has been a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center (studying with George Benjamin and Osvaldo Golijov), the Aspen Music Festival (studies with Chris Rouse and Nicholas Maw), and been in residence at the Aaron Copland House, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. His music has been performed in Germany, Italy, Holland, and across the U.S. Haber currently resides in New York City and Rome and is a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow.

Haber received the 2007-2008 Frederic A. Juilliard/ Walter Damrosch Rome Prize and resided at the American Academy in Rome for a year beginning in September 2007. He has recently been commissioned by architect Peter Zumthor and his wife Annalisa to compose two works for premiere in Vals, Switzerland, 2009. From the American Composers Forum and the Jerome Composers Commissioning Program, he received a commission to write for MAYA.

Haber is the newly appointed artistic director of MATA, the
non-profit organization that has, for the past thirteen years, been dedicated to commissioning and presenting works by young composers from around the world.

In March-May 2009 and March 2010, he was in residence at the MacDowell Colony, the recipient of the first ASCAP Foundation Composer Fellowship.

2010 commission from Meet the Composer to write a new chamber orchestra piece for the NYC-based Knights Ensemble.

  • Received a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation for a residency at the Bellagio Center, spring 2010.
  • Received Bogliasco fellowship for a residency in October 2010.
  • Received Yaddo fellowship for a residency in February 2011.
  • Accepted to the 2011 IRCAM Introductory Course, Paris


  • January 6, 9, 11: world premiere of NEW GHETTO MUSIC for orchestra, singer, and electronics. premiered by The knights and Christina Courtin. Presented by Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York.Commissioned by Meet The Composer, the Marlot Foundation, and Bernie and Jane Frischer.

  • June 8, 2010 Judson Memorial Church, NYC, premiere of different voices together 

  • different voices together is underwritten by the American Composers Forum with  funds provided by the Jerome Foundation, and is dedicated to MAYA.

  • July 17-18 Colorado Symphony Orchestra/ACO reading session of forward ornament

  • June 20, 2009 premiere of Between Composure and Seduction (baroque violin, double bass, percussion) by Maya Homburger, Barry Guy, and Peter Conradin Zumthor; and a new work for 3 female voices in Vals, Switzerland.

  • October 16, 2008 performance of for harvey and paul  (flute and guitar duo) at the Villa Aurelia, American Academy in Rome

  • August 4, 2008 performance of Torus in Sardegna, Chiostro di S. Francesco di Alghero

  • June 27, 2008 Italian premiere of Torus by the Paul Klee Quartet, Venice, Palazzo Albrizzi

  • May 31, 2008 World premiere of death will come and she shall have your eyes at the Villa Aurelia, American Academy in Rome

  • May 17th and 18th, 2007 A Wine-Dark Sea performed by The Knights at Bargemusic

  • February 6, 2007    Purity Guaranteed   performed by members of BMOP (Boston Modern Orchestra Project), Sarah Brady and Charles Dimmick.

  • March 18, 2007 Three Piano Etudes  premiered by Augustus Arnone at Merkin Hall in NYC.







 | Home |  | Biography |  | List of Works |   | Music Samples |  | Blog |  | Scores |


copyright yotam haber