Joseph N. Rubinstein (b. 1986) grew up in Newport News, VA and currently lives in New York City. Joseph’s music is often concerned with dramatic narrative, and he is interested in creating vivid musical characterizations and striking juxtapositions. His art songs, operatic work, choral music, and instrumental chamber music have been recently presented by organizations and individuals including The Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, American Opera Projects, The Secret Opera, bass-baritone Matthew Burns at the Spoleto Festival USA, North / South Consonance, the Society for New Music, Boston Metro Opera, and C4. He received a BA from Columbia University in 2008, where his primary teachers were Joseph Dubiel and Sebastian Currier. From 2011 to 2013 Joseph was a masters degree student in composition at The Juilliard School, studying with Robert Beaser. Some of
Joseph’s upcoming and recent projects include “Dust World” with bass-baritone Davone Tines, the Canite Quartet, and producers Amanda+James at Pioneer Works , the selection of opera-in-development “Legendary” for a March 2015 performance as part of Opera Index’s “New American Opera Previews” at the Manhattan School of Music, a 2014 commission from flautist Kathleen Winters and the Urbana Public Arts Commission, a 2013-2014 fellowship in American Opera Projects’ “Composers & the Voice” program (with librettist Jason Kim), and the 2012 Brian Israel Prize from the Society for New Music for “Shebesh Variations.” He is also active as a tenor in the New York City area.