Judd Greenstein was born and raised in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City, where he began his compositional life by writing hip hop beats as a teenager. His concert works reflect those origins, as well as his traditional piano background, combining an urban, beat-oriented sensibility with a late-Romantic classical harmonic language, inflected with the diverse musical soundscape of his current Brooklyn home. A passionate advocate for the indie classical community in New York, much of Judd’s work is written for the virtuosic ensembles and solo performers who make up that community, and is tailored to their specific talents and abilities. Recent commissions include a string quartet for ETHEL and a large-scale work for the Minnesota Orchestra, to be premiered in Spring, 2012. Judd holds degrees from Williams College, the Yale School of Music, and Princeton University, is the managing director of NOW Ensemble, co-director of New Amsterdam Records, and a Six Points Fellow in the Arts.