After having studied studying music and mathematics in Amsterdam and having worked some years as an economist, Ruben Naeff (1981) recently graduated from New York University, where he studied composition with Michael Gordon. Ruben’s broad interest led to many interdisciplinary pieces like De Bètacanon (about the hard sciences), The Dancing Dollar (about the current financial crisis), and the YouOpera (about our lives online).
Ruben co-founded the West 4th New Music Collective that promotes the work of emerging composers. He worked with Ensemble Signal, JACK Quartet, Deviant Septet, Vigil Ensemble, Cadillac Moon, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Wild Rumpus, Erasmus Kamerkoor, duo Valitutto & Meyerson, and vocal quartet Quatre Bouches. He joined forces with such public figures as NRC Handelsblad economist Maarten Schinkel, scientists and former KNAW presidents Robbert Dijkgraaf and Frits van Oostrom, and cartoonist Jean-Marc van Tol. His music has been performed in five European countries and seven US states, and was presented by such institutions as the Bang on a Can Marathon, Music with a View, Aspen Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Music11, UNL Chamber Music Institute, Hartford Opera Theatre, Center City Opera Theatre, and debate & fine arts festival happyChaos.
Ruben holds a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Amsterdam and attended the conservatories of Amsterdam and The Hague. He received grants from the HSP Huygens Talent Scholarship, the Jerome Fund for New Music by the American Composers Forum, the Van Bijleveltstichting, and the Stichting Fonds voor de Geld- en Effectenhandel.