Yehuda Yannay Papers, 1956-2017


Yehuda Yannay (b. May 26, 1937 in Timisoara, Romania) is an Israeli-American composer, conductor, and media artist whose work includes music for orchestra, electronic, live electronic and synthesizer pieces, environmental compositions, film, music-theater, and a large body of vocal and chamber music pieces.

Immigrating to Israel in 1951 where he studied with Boskovitch, Yannay settled permanently in the USA in 1968 after a Fulbright Fellowship at Brandeis University. Yannay is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music (Tel-Aviv) and Brandeis University, and holds a doctorate from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. In 1970 he joined the Composition Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) where he is currently (2010) emeritus professor of music.

Considered an international figure in contemporary music, Yannay's contributions to new ideas in 20th-century music are listed in numerous articles, textbooks and encyclopedias of music. A wide array of his works for instruments, voices and electronics are found on the Innova and Electronic Music Foundation labels. He has also served as a guest professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart and Hamburg. In 1971 at UWM, Yannay founded the Music From Almost Yesterday concert series, which is dedicated to the regular presentation of avante-garde and contemporary music.