Josiah Tayag Catalan is a Filipino-American born in New York City and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Recently, his compositional interests have become centered around discovering the byproducts resulting from the intersects of merging alternative modes of temporality and harmony by fusing elements that stem from influences in traditional, avant-garde, popular, and Southeast Asian musics. First prizes were awarded to Josiah from the NACUSA Young Composer's Competition as well as the Sacramento State Festival of New American Music Student Composer's Competition. He has also been a finalist in competitions such as the Thailand International Competition Festival and ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer's Awards. Josiah's music has been performed internationally by individuals and groups such as the Empyrean Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Mise-en, Lydian and Arditti String Quartets, the Iridium saxophone quartet, percussionist Chris Froh, violist Ellen Ruth Rose, and violinist Miranda Cuckson.
There are several premieres and performances planned for the 2019-2020 with ensembles such as the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Earplay, Grey Matter Ensemble, Zofo Piano Duo, UC Davis Sinfonietta, and Chris Froh.
Presently, Josiah is pursuing his Ph.D. in music theory and composition at the University of California, Davis. During his time there, he has studied composition with Sam Nichols, Kurt Rhode, and Mika Pelo. He also holds a degree from the Sacramento State School of Music where he studied composition with Stephen Blumberg and Leo Eylar, and violin with Anna Presler and Ian Swensen.