Joshua Rubin, clarinet, artistic director emeritus
Joshua Rubin is a founding clarinetist and served as the co-Artistic Director of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) from 2014-2018, where he oversaw the creative direction of more than one hundred concerts per season in the United States and abroad. He previously served as ICE's Program Director from 2011-2014. As a clarinetist, the New York Times has praised him as, "incapable of playing an inexpressive note."
Joshua has worked closely with many of the prominent composers of our time, including George Crumb, David Lang, John Adams, George Lewis, Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg, Steve Lehman, Nathan Davis, Tyshawn Sorey, John Zorn, and Mario Davidovsky. His interest in electronic music throughout his career has led him work on making these technologies easier to use for both composers and performers. Joshua can be heard on recordings from the Nonesuch, Kairos, New Focus, Mode, Cedille, Naxos, Bridge, New Amsterdam, and Tzadik labels. His album "There Never is No Light," available on ICE's Tundra label, highlights music that uses technology to capture the human engagement of the performer and the listener.
Highlights of his performance career include the premiere of Dai Fujikura's Mina with the Seattle Symphony (under Ludovic Morlot) and with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra (under Martyn Brabbins); Iannis Xenakis' bass clarinet concerto Echange with ICE, conducted by Steven Schick (recorded on Mode Records 261); performances of Pierre Boulez' Dialogue de l'ombre double for clarinet and electronics in New York, Chicago, California, and Quiberon, France; and the premiere of Steve Reich's Pulse at the composer's 80th birthday celebration at Carnegie Hall under David Robertson (recorded on Nonesuch).
This season he will be featured as a soloist at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, at Da Camera Houston and in chamber music engagements at Carnegie Hall, at Harvard University in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Marseilles (France), and Huddersfield (UK).
He received degrees in Biology and Clarinet from Oberlin College and Conservatory, and his Master's degree from the Mannes College of Music. His clarinet studies were mentored by Lawrence McDonald, Mark Nuccio and Yehuda Gilad. He currently serves on the faculty of the Banff Music Centre's Ensemble Evolution summer program. thisroom.org.