Joshua Bachar made his national debut at age 11, when he was invited to represent Arizona State University with a suite of his own piano compositions. His music has been performed and recorded by renowned musicians Jeremy Huw Williams, Michael Dauphinais and Scotty Stepp, and performed at US venues including Holsclaw Hall and Crowder Hall at the Fred Fox School of Music and the Landini Performing Arts Center at Indian State University. In the words of Dr. Sy Brandon, “[Joshua’s] compositions are well-crafted and very expressive. He… will undoubtedly become one of the major voices of the 21st century.” At age 19, he was selected as the youngest composer to receive a premiere through ISU’s Music Now call for scores, and at age 21, was asked to become the first composer-in-residence for Ben Hansen’s Helios Ensemble.
Bachar has special interest in cross-medium collaboration among living artists. During his studies at the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona, he initiated frequent collaborations among the UA dance and music departments with premieres at the Fox Theater Tucson, Proscenium Theater, and through the Green Valley Chamber Music Society. He has also collaborated with film and theater directors including Michelle Lambeau and Lynne Crow. Lynne Crow, president of the independent theater company Potter’s Hand Productions notes that “Josh is focused, innovative, and musically brilliant!”
Bachar is an adjunct faculty member for Yavapai College, and has taught music technology and theater arts through Yavapai College, the Verde Valley Rehabilitation Center for Adults, Sedona Charter School, and Sedona Public Library. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s in music composition at the University of Arizona and hopes to pursue graduate work upon graduation.