Joshua Cerdenia is an internationally performed Filipino composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music based in New York City.

His work embraces a broad range of musical styles and emotional states, from “graceful melancholy” (Star Tribune), to works that unfold “like the nascent radiance of a rising sun” (The Straits Times), as well as music that “pretty much explodes at the end” (The New York Times). He composes music with a clear expressive direction, deriving inspiration from visual art, mythology, religion, and musical traditions across various cultures.

An alumnus of The Juilliard School, the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, he has received commissions from and performances by renowned ensembles such as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Manila Symphony Orchestra, and the Juilliard Orchestra.

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