Michael Seltenreich (b. 1988) is a New York based Israeli composer of contemporary music whose eclectic style is shaped by having lived and studied in Israel, France, and the United States. Having won prestigious awards such as the Toru Takemitsu Composition Prize (Japan), the Martirano Competition (USA), and the Prime Minister Award in composition (Israel) secured his place as one of the central voices of his generation. It is these honors, alongside numerous others that launched his career internationally, leading to performances in five continents and by some of the world's leading orchestras, ensembles, and soloists.
Seltenreich has become a welcomed guest of both European and American staple institutions, and this year he expects premieres at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, and the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. He had recently been awarded the Young Composer Award by the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) where the jury described his music as “engaging, effervescent, energetic, and assured”.
This uncompromising approach gathered Seltenreich many domestic and international distinctions, alongside a backlog of commissions, some scheduled up to 5 years in advance. Some of his recent engagements include residencies with Cité internationale des arts (FR)
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival (US), Beijing Modern Music Festival (CN), Festival Messiaen (FR), Manifeste - IRCAM (FR), Arts Letters & Numbers (US), Yaddo (US), the Atlantic Center for the Arts (US) as an Associate Artist with Georg Friedrich Haas, and many more.
Upcoming 2019 highlights include a string octet to be premiered by the Jack and Mivos quartets for the Lucerne Festival, an Aspen Music Festival commission for a new piano trio, a Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival commission for piano and wind sextet, an ASCAP/SCI commission for Sound Icon, in addition to premieres by Ensemble Mise-en and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).
He earned his bachelor’s degree in composition at Tel-Aviv University and his master’s degree in composition from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Matthias Pintscher. Currently he is a MacCracken PhD Fellow at New York University GSAS.