Edward Applebaum (b. September 28, 1937) is an American composer of contemporary classical music.
He holds a B.A. (1962), M.A. (1963), and Ph.D. (1966) from the University of California, Los Angeles. He teaches composition at the Shepherd School of Music Rice University in Texas. He has also taught at Edith Cowan University, the University of California, Santa Barbara and Florida State University.
He has received the Kennedy Center's Friedheim Award in Music Composition. His most notable work was The Princess in the Garden for string orchestra, composed in 1985.
Applebaum also holds a particular scholarly interest in the subject of psychotherapy and the arts.
He was previously married to the composer Allyson Brown Applebaum.