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Yehuda Yannay was born in Romania and emigrated to Israel in 1951. He is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, Brandeis University and holds a doctorate from the University of Illinois in Champaign -Urbana. A winner of many international and national awards, Yannay served as Fulbright guest conductor at the Staatliche Hochschule fr Musik in Stuttgart and Hamburg. In 1970, he was appointed Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Yannay is a prolific and versatile composer, conductor and media artist whose work includes music for orchestra, live electronic and synthesizer pieces, environmental compositions, film, music-theater, and a large body of vocal and chamber music pieces. In recent years, Yannay's works have been performed by prominent soloist, ensembles and orchestras from Taipei to Bucharest. He has been honored by the International Music Festival in Timisoara, Romania and the Hungarian Film Institute with retrospectives of his work.