The music of composer and conductor Josh Trentadue (b. 1994) explores philosophical and spiritual views on humanity, nature, and life itself, balancing contemporary and evocative textures with unconventional and experimental soundscapes. An advocate of new music, he seeks to provide immersive and engaging experiences for performers and audiences everywhere.
Trentadue’s concert works and arrangements are regularly programmed by artists and ensembles around the world and have been performed at the Cortona Sessions for New Music, the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, the Michigan Music Conference, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, The Midwest Clinic New Music Reading Sessions, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Trentadue’s works have received 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. Recent commissions include a tenor saxophone chamber concerto commissioned by Drew Hosler and a consortium of saxophonists; new chamber works for Sputter Box, The _____ Experiment, and Zenith Saxophone Quartet; a soprano saxophone concerto commissioned by Dr. Jordan VanHemert, the Hope College Wind Ensemble, and a consortium of ensembles and saxophonists; and various works commissioned by consortiums of middle school, high school, and collegiate groups in the United States.
Films that Trentadue has scored have garnered critical acclaim domestically and internationally, receiving 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 extends to fixed-media electroacoustic compositions, two EPs, and a multimedia, interdisciplinary symphony combining fixed media and poetry with acoustic music.
Trentadue holds a Master's Degree in Music Composition with a concentration in Screen Scoring from New York University and studied with John Kaefer, Irwin Fisch, and Ira Newborn. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Composition from Michigan State University and studied composition with David Biedenbender and Jere Hutcheson as well as screen scoring with Zhou Tian.
Trentadue is a member of ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, the Society of Composers and Lyricists, and the Percussive Arts Society, as well as a member of the Aurora Tapestry Collective with composers Kevin Day, Harrison J. Collins, and Katahj Copley. He currently serves on the board of the Millennium Composers Initiative as its President.