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Joshua Nathan Rubin

Joshua Rubin is a founding clarinetist and served as the Artistic Director of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICEensemble) 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 ICEensemble's Program Director from 2011-2014. He is currently the Program Director of LUIGI, management software that is available to ensembles and other arts organizations that value transparency and collective management. As a clarinetist, the New York Times has praised him as, "incapable of playing an inexpressive note." Rubin has worked closely with prominent musicians and composers of our time including George Crumb, Matana Roberts, David Lang, Chaya Czernowin, Michael Finnissy, Du Yun, George Lewis, 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 (under Ludovic Morlot) and with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra (under Martyn Brabbins); Iannis Xenakis’ bass clarinet concerto Échange with ICEensemble, conducted by Steven Schick (on Mode Records); 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 (on Nonesuch). He served on the faculty of the Banff Music Centre's Ensemble Evolution summer program from 2016-2019. Joshua holds degrees in Biology and Clarinet from Oberlin College and Conservatory, and the Mannes School of Music.