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Josh Trentadue

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Josh Trentadue


Josh Trentadue ((pronouns: he, they) (b. 8 December 1994, Lansing, Mich.) is a nonbinary American composer and conductor.

Trentadue holds a master's degree in music composition with a concentration in screen scoring from New York University, where they studied with John Kaefer, Irwin Fisch, and Ira Newborn. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition from Michigan State University, where they studied composition with David Biedenbender and Jere Hutcheson as well as screen scoring with Zhou Tian.

Trentadue's music explores philosophical and spiritual views of humanity, nature, and life itself. Balancing electrifying, turbulent rhythms with dramatic, ethereal lyricism, he seeks to provide immersive, engaging, and transformative experiences for performers and audiences everywhere.

A finalist for the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, Trentadue’s compositions and arrangements 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 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and The Midwest Clinic New Music Reading Sessions. Their 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 by a variety of ensembles in the classical and jazz fields, Trentadue has collaborated with artists including Kevin Day, Drew Hosler, Jordan VanHemert, and Danielle Kuntz, as well as multiple chamber ensembles including Sputter Box, 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 acclaimed classic Christmastime is Here (recorded by Jordan VanHemert, Lisa Sung, Rodney Whitaker, and the Hope College Orchestra, led by Christopher Fashun) appears on Navona Records’s 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.

Trentadue serves as president of the Millennium Composers Initiative, an organization representing over 120 composers worldwide. He is also a part of the Aurora Tapestry Collective with composers Kevin Day, Harrison J Collins, and Katahj Copley. In addition, Trentadue is the production editor for TUX People’s Music as well as a music copyist and engraving assistant for Tiberio Music Design & Publishing LLC.

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