Yehuda Yannay

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Yehuda Yannay
Born (1937-05-26)May 26, 1937
Era Contemporary

Yehuda Yannay (Hebrew: יהודה ינאי) (b. 26 May 1937, Timișoara, Romania) is an American-Israeli composer, conductor, filmmaker and performance artist.

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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