Internationally-acclaimed artist Yotam Haber is one of the world's top young composers; he is a 2005 Guggenheim fellow and a 2007 Rome Prize winner in Music Composition, and the winner of several ASCAP awards and competitions. Since 2010 he has served as the Artistic Director of the MATA festival, a New York-based annual contemporary classical music festival devoted to championing the works of young composers and founded in 1996 by Phillip Glass, Lisa Bielawa and Eleonor Sandresky.
Yotam Haber was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Israel, Nigeria, and Milwaukee. He studied music composition at Indiana University with Eugene O'Brien and Claude Baker and then earned his Doctor of Musical Arts at Cornell with Steven Stucky and Roberto Sierra.
Dr. Haber has written music for leading new music ensembles and performers including Alarm Will Sound, Gabriel Kahane, Flux Quartet, and The Knights (orchestra). He has been a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Festival, and artist colonies including MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Aaron Copland House, and Bogliasco Center.
Dr. Haber's most recent composition, commissioned for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, debuted in Birmingham, AL and Los Angeles, CA. This concert length work, A More Convenient Season, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, an act which marked a turning point in the 1960's civil rights movement.
At UNO, Dr. Haber directs the composition program and teaches advanced theory and upper-level seminars. He also creates and stages numerous workshops and contemporary classical performances.