Yehuda Yannay

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Yehuda Yannay (Hebrew: יהודה ינאי)
Born May 26, 1937
Occupation composer, conductor, filmmaker and performance artist.
Era 20th Century

Yannay moved from Romania to Israel in 1951, where he studied with Alexander Uriya Boskovitch,[1] who influenced him greatly. After completing his studies at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv, he pursued postgraduate studies in America, enabled by a Fulbright Fellowship. At Brandeis University (MFA 1966), he studied with Arthur Berger and Ernst Krenek, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (DMA 1974) he studied with Salvatore Martirano, among others.[1] In 1968 he settled permanently in the USA.

Yehuda Yannay retired in 2004 from his position of Professor of Composition at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. There, he was founder of the Music From Almost Yesterday concert series at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, now celebrating 45 years of new music performances.

A winner of international and national composition awards, Yannay served as guest-professor at the Staatliche Hochschulen für Musik in Stuttgart and Hamburg. Yannay is a prolific and versatile composer, conductor, film maker, and performance artist whose list of more than a 120 works include music for orchestra, electronic, live electronic and synthesizer pieces, environmental compositions, film, music-theater, and a large body of vocal and chamber music pieces. Considered an international figure in contemporary music, his contributions to new ideas in 20th-century music are listed in articles, textbooks and encyclopedias of music. .[2][1][3][4][5][6] Updated information, list of works, recordings, musical samples, videos, contact addresses are available at



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