Joel Sachs, co-director of Continuum, has conducted at major festivals throughout the world, has been music director for experimental operas, and performs extensively as a pianist. At Juilliard, where he's been on faculty since 1970, Sachs conducts the New Juilliard Ensemble, a chamber orchestra for new music, and directs the annual "Focus!" festival of new music.
He is also artistic director of Juilliard's concerts at the Museum of Modern Art's "Summergarden" festival. Other appearances include orchestra concerts in China, El Salvador, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, and Ukraine, and residencies in Brazil. He can be heard on all Continuum CDs. He also recorded intercultural music of the Americas with Mexico City's La Camerata de las Americas, and Icelandic music with the Reykjavik chamber orchestra Caput. He received Columbia University's Alice M. Ditson Award to a conductor for service to American music. A Harvard graduate, he received the Ph. D. at Columbia.
His biography of Henry Cowell, "Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music," was published in 2012 by Oxford University Press.