Internationally acclaimed artist Josh Trentadue (b. 1994) explores in his compositions philosophical and spiritual views of humanity, nature, and life itself. Balancing electrifying, rhythmic turbulence with dramatic, ethereal lyricism, he seeks to provide immersive, engaging, and transformative experiences for performers and audiences everywhere.
Trentadue’s compositions and arrangements have been performed at The Midwest Clinic, the Cortona Sessions for New Music, the CBDNA Southern Conference, the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the Michigan Music Conference, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. A Finalist for the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, his works have received additional awards and recognition from Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame, the Columbia Summer Winds Outdoor Composition Contest, the Dallas Winds Brass Fanfare Competition, the New York University Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble Calls for Scores, and the Michigan State University Jere Hutcheson Large Ensemble Composition Competition.
Commissioned in both the classical and jazz fields, Trentadue has collaborated with artists including Kevin Day, Drew Hosler, Jordan VanHemert, and Danielle Kuntz, as well as ensembles including the New York University Wind Symphony, Sputter Box, the Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra, The _____ Experiment, and Zenith Saxophone Quartet. His chart The Dance That Never Was (recorded by Kevin Day, Brandon Boone, and Robert Boone) has appeared on Spotify’s top playlists “Destination: Jazz” and “Jazz X-Press”. His arrangement of Vince Guaraldi’s critically acclaimed Christmastime is Here (recorded by Jordan VanHemert, Lisa Sung, Rodney Whitaker, and the Hope College Orchestra, led by Christopher Fashun) is included on the Navona Records album Dashing Vol. 2 and has appeared on Spotify’s “Calm Christmas” playlist.
Films that Trentadue has scored have garnered critical acclaim domestically and internationally and have received screenings at the British Film Institute Future Film Festival, the TIDE Film Festival, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, and the Asian Film Festival - Los Angeles. His multimedia work includes fixed-media electroacoustic compositions, two EPs, and an interdisciplinary symphony combining fixed media and poetry with acoustic music.
In addition to his work as a composer and arranger, Trentadue is a Music Copyist & Engraving Assistant for Tiberio Music Design & Publishing and has assisted with concert preparations for live-to-film music events scheduled around the world, including Cinema Paradiso, Get Out, Call Me By Your Name, The Goonies, Grease, Twilight, Get Happy: A Judy Garland Centennial Celebration, and the Ron Howard adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas. He provided additional orchestrations and arrangements for America’s Wonders, the world’s first three-dimensional, IMAX-style cinematic journey with live orchestra—a celebration of America’s most breathtaking national parks and cities with classical, pop, and original music meticulously synchronized to picture.
Trentadue is the Executive Director of the Millennium Composers Initiative, an organization representing over 120 composers worldwide which curates concerts and educational opportunities for its members. He is also a part of the Aurora Tapestry Collective with composers Kevin Day, Harrison J. Collins, and Katahj Copley.
Trentadue holds a Master of Music Degree in Composition, Screen Scoring from New York University, where he studied with John Kaefer, Irwin Fisch, and Ira Newborn. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition from Michigan State University, where he studied composition with David Biedenbender and Jere Hutcheson, as well as screen scoring with Zhou Tian.