JUDD GREENSTEIN is a Brooklyn-based composer of structurally complex, viscerally engaging works for varied instrumentation. A passionate advocate for the independent new music community in New York and beyond, much of Judd’s work is written for the virtuosic ensembles and solo performers who make up that community, and is tailored to their specific talents and abilities.
Judd has written for soloists such as violist Nadia Sirota, soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird, percussionist Samuel Solomon, violinist Colin Jacobsen, pianist Michael Mizrahi, and flutist Alex Sopp. Major recent commissions include those from Carnegie Hall, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony, ETHEL, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Present Music, yMusic, and Roomful of Teeth. Central to his output is his work for NOW Ensemble, the composer/performer collective that develops new chamber music for their idiosyncratic instrumentation of flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass, and piano. Current commissions include a piano trio for The Claremont Trio, a song cycle for vocalist DM Stith with a consortium of orchestras (visit oelvt.org for more information), as well as Sh’lomo, an evening-length work written for The Yehudim, Judd’s band of voices, keyboards, guitar, bass, and percussion, which tells the story of King Solomon.
Judd’s work has been heard at festivals and series around the country, including the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music (MA), MusicNOW (OH), Southern Exposure (SC), Bumbershoot (WA), Sommerfest (MN), the Grand Canyon Music Festival (AZ), Peak Performances (NJ), the Carlsbad Music Festival (CA), New Music New College (FL), and many more. In New York, Judd’s music has been presented at the Bang on a Can Marathon, MATA, Wordless Music, the SONiC Festival, Keys to the Future, and the Look & Listen Festival, as well as in a wide variety of venues, from Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space to Le Poisson Rouge, Joe’s Pub and Roulette, where Judd’s music was recently part of the opening festivities for that venue’s new Brooklyn home. International performances have taken place at the Musiekgebouw in Amsterdam (CATCH Guitar Quartet); in Rome, Florence, and Palestrina, Italy (Williams College Concert Choir); at the Tel Aviv Art Museum (the Israel Contemporary String Quartet); at the Festival Internacional Chihuahua (NOW Ensemble); at the Institute for Contemporary Art in London (Nadia Sirota and friends); and in the Kyiv Music Festival (Seattle Chamber Players).
In addition to his work as a composer, Judd is active as a promoter of new music in New York and around the country. He is the co-director of New Amsterdam Records/New Amsterdam Presents, an artists’ service organization that supports composers and performers whose work is open to all influence, regardless of genre. He is the curator of the Ecstatic Music Festival at New York’s Merkin Hall, an annual showcase of new collaborative concerts between artists from different musical worlds, and he is a founding member of NOW Ensemble.
Judd has received degrees from Williams College and the Yale School of Music, has been a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Bang on a Can Summer Institute of Music, and is completing his PhD dissertation at Princeton University. Judd is also the recipient of a Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artist, a partnership of Avoda Arts, JDub Records, and the Foundation for Jewish Culture.