Composer, pianist and organist Justin Henry Rubin was born in New York City in 1971. Although he was drawn to music as a child, he did not seek formal study as a composer until his mid-teens at the Manhattan School of Music, where he also began piano studies under Philip Kawin. He went on to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts from the State University of New York at Purchase in composition under Richard Cameron-Wolfe and Dary John Mizelle, while becoming a proficient organist and theorist under the tutelage of Robert Fertitta. Cameron-Wolfe and Mizelle introduced him to the invigorating world of the avant-garde, while Fertitta instilled in him a passion for an understanding of the Master composers. Although Rubin towed this aesthetically ambivalent line both as a composer and as a performer (being an active pianist of the music of Xenakis and simultaneously being a church organist) his early work relied more on the former while neglecting the traditional forms of the latter. It is only recently that the broad-based musical vocabulary that he began developing during his years as a doctoral student at the University of Arizona (1995-98) under the guidance of Daniel Asia have begun to bear fruit. Rubin continues to try to forge new techniques for merging the seemingly incompatible styles that he has been committed to as a musician into a cohesive single language. In 1998, Dr. Rubin was appointed Chair of Theory and Composition at the University of Minnesota Duluth where he currently holds the rank of Professor and is the artistic director of the school s annual New Music Festival. In 2009 he was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and honored with the Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, which represents the University s highest recognition of its most distinguished scholar-teachers.