Joshua Nathan Rubin, clarinetist
"incapable of playing an inexpressive note." The New York TimesJoshua Rubin is a founding clarinetist and led as the co-Artistic Director of the International Contemporary Ensemble 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 Program Director from 2011-2014.
Rubin has worked closely with prominent musicians and composers of our time including George Crumb, Matana Roberts, Alvin Lucier, David Lang, Chaya Czernowin, Michael Finnissy, Du Yun, Christian Wolff, George Lewis, Steven Schick, Kaija Saariaho, Craig Taborn, Pauline Oliveros, Okkyung Lee, Nathan Davis, Tyshawn Sorey, John Zorn, and Mario Davidovsky. Performance highlights include the premiere of Dai Fujikura's Mina with the Seattle Symphony and with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra; Iannis Xenakis’ bass clarinet concerto Échange; performances of Pierre Boulez’ Dialogue de l'ombre double for clarinet and electronics in New York, Chicago, California, and in 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 perform in New York with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Teatro Nuovo, and the American Composers Orchestra, in Los Angeles with Wild Up and Monday Evening Concerts, and on tour in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Miami, Houston, Kansas City, San Diego, and Eugene, Oregon.
His clarinet studies were mentored by Lawrence McDonald, Mark Nuccio, and Steven Cohen. He served on the faculty of the Banff Music Centre's Ensemble Evolution summer program from 2016-2019. Rubin is on the faculty of soundSCAPE Festival in Bobbio, Italy, and Ensemble Evolution. He is also on the faculty of the College of the Performing Arts at The New School.
Joshua holds degrees in Biology and Clarinet from Oberlin College and Conservatory, and a Master's degree from the Mannes School of Music.
His passion for technology in arts led Joshua to develop Luigi, management software that is available to ensembles and other arts organizations who value transparency and collective management, as well as his ongoing work to make electronic music technologies easier to use for performers and composers. He maintains an artistic presence in New York and Los Angeles.