THE COMPOSERS
 

RONEN SHAPIRA

RONEN SHAPIRA, Composer

Born in 1966, Ronen Shapira Is a multi-disciplinary Artist and Composer, Philosopher of sorts and Music Educator, Among his teachers of Piano and Compostition are Andre Haydu, the late Israeli Queen of the Piano - Pnina Sallzman and Leah Agmon. Received his BA in the Tel Aviv Academy of music, his MA in Jazz at the Michigan University And his Doctor's degree at NW in Chicago, where he studied with William Bolcom and Alan Stout. Shapira writes music for the Future concert halls of the Global Age. This music presents demands on both the player and the listener, such as responding to new types of aesthetics and moods of western as well as middle and far eastern sounds and attitudes as well as the ability to combine them to produce new multicultural connections.

This is not the calssic Berlin Concert Hall – but not that of Cairo either. Quting Mr. Shapira – Israel is the ideal place for creating the Future Music, because Israel is neither Classic Western nor Total Arabic. Both types seem strange to the modern Israeli sounds. Shapira's works are performed extremely succesfully both in his native land as abroad, by leading Orchestra's, chamber groups and Soloists.

The 2003-4 Concert Season of the Isareli Chamber Orchestra was opened with Mr. Shapira's "Waves of Travel" conducted by the noted Noam Sheriff.

Ronen Shapira also composes lyrics of leading Poets, including Israeli Bialik, Lascalli, Wolach, Zach, ans well as Gotte (spelling?) and Rilke – and Lyrics also written by himself. His Poems have been performed by noted performers as Sivan Shavit and Eran Zur. He writes music for Films and Play's and has two CD's presently in the market: "World belongs to mediocres" published in 1996 and "The Smile" in 1999. Ronen Shapira's Recitals are unique, breathtaking and "once in a lifetime" occasions.

He plays the Ude, the Piano, sings and connects with his public in his ideas. Performed in the Israel Festival, Poets Festival in Mettula, The Ude Festival in TA and others. One of the main aspects of his writing combines Classic music and Arabic music. He was isof the founders of the Jewish-Arabic Orchestra together with the Musical Youth Organization in Israel and is the Orchestra's Resident Composer and assistant Conductor. As a multi-disciplinary Artist, Ronen is also a Theatric Performer, a Painter and writer of Text's and Poetry also on Philosophical and Religious issues. His creative ideas of the Future Concert Halls and Music have found intense Global Interest And he's been interviewed by leading TV stations in the world.

In every day life, Mr. Shapira is a gifted teacher of Music in the Lewinsky School of Education and the Tel Aviv Conservatory of Music – touching his pupils with his unique and special talents and ideas.
www.myspace.com/ronenshapira
Ronen Shapira - "Digital Arabic Marimba" - 2005 A work written for marimba, percussion instruments, a cello and a computer. A combination between modern and electronic music. Ronen Shapira was laureate of the Prime Minister's Award and the Award of the Composers and Authors Society as the composer of the year 2001. The creation involves: Arabic style, jazz, classic and electronic.

GIL SHOHAT

GIL SHOHAT, Composer

Born in 1973, Gil Shohat has already composed nine symphonies, eight concertos for various instruments, three operas, and choral and chamber works as well as other compositions for the piano. In 2001, he received local and international praise for his opera "Alpha and Omega" - the largest original Israeli Opera production ever staged in Israel. Most of his compositions are published by the prestigious Casa Ricordi, which he joined at age 23 as the youngest composer in the company's history.

Shohat's music has been performed by major orchestras: the Berlin Symphony, Rome Opera Orchestra, Pomeriggio Musicale Orchestra of Milan, Cologne Radio Orchestra, Bochum Symphony, and all the major Israeli orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion.

Gil embarked upon his musical studies at the age of seven, and at twelve began to compose and perform original piano compositions. He received his first and second degrees from the Rubin Israel Academy and Tel Aviv University, and holds two post-graduate diplomas (piano and composition) from the Santa Cecilia National Academy in Rome. He pursued advanced studies in Cambridge, England.

In November 2006, Gil participated in an impressive interdisciplinary show, Badenheim, combining literature, theater, music and dance, at the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv. In this project he joined hands with co-IcExcellence chosen artist: Choreographer Idit Herman. Gil composed the music and will conducted the Israeli Cameri Orchestra. Badenheim, based on the story by Aharon Appelfeld, depicts a group of hedonistic vacationers from the Jewish bourgeoisie in Europe who gather, as they do each year, in Badenheim to await the opening of a colorful arts festival; and ignore the ever more tangible signs of the approaching calamity.

Awards and Fellowships

Gil Shohat is the recipient of various prestigious prizes and awards in Israel and abroad, including the Rubin Israel Music Academy prize (1993), first prize for composition from the Arthur Rubinstein International Society (1997), Bracha Foundation grant (2001), Israel Theater prize (2002), Prime Minister's prize for composition (2003), AICF grants (1990-8), Rich Foundation grant (2001), Tel Aviv prize (2002), and Rabinovich Foundation grants (2003). He is a laureate of the prestigious Caesarea Edmond Benjamin De Rothschild Foundation (2001).

Gil is involved in an abundance of musical activities in Israel. He is the Composer-in-Residence of the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion, the Musical Director of twelve music series in Israel as a composer, lecturer and pianist. Gil is also heading the musical portion of the Israel Festival, and started as the new Musical Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra in 2005.

For more information and to sample Gill's compositions,
please visit * www.gilshohat.com
Gil Shochat - "Perpetuum Mobile - for a marimba solo, Anecdotos no. 16 from the "Anecdotos"- 2003 The well known Israeli composer Gil Shochat wrote a series of 16 creations for different instruments, called "Anecdotos". As performers of his creations, he chose the best Israeli soloist for each instrument. For the marimba composition he chose Ziv Eitan. The composition is a marimba solo, fast and never-ending, a virtuoso creation for marimba. ZACH DRORI

ZACH DRORI, Composer

Born in 1976, Zach Drory is a composer of extraordinary talent. He has written music since he was 8 years old for classical orchestras, soloists, world music and electronic music. He also writes music for movies and well-known pop-artists. The uniqueness of the composer Zach Drory lies, beyond his talents as a composer, in his modular writing – deep and light, rationalistic and very sensitive.

Zach Drori and Ziv Eitan - "On the Way to Mars" 1997-1998 The composers Zach Drori and Ziv Eitan wrote this work during one whole year. For this purpose they moved together to the serenity of the countryside, far away from the bustling city. This work was the first composition, inspired by the new musical concept that incorporates classical and electronic elements. The entire creation is a story, melancholic, romantic and optimistic. The second part is strongly influenced by club music.

DANIEL ALCHEH

DANIEL ALCHEH, Composer

Daniel Alcheh is an award-winning composer, arranger, sound designer and music technologist whose works have been performed worldwide. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in composition.

While in his early 20s, Alcheh was awarded the Israeli Composer League's Klon Prize for Composition. In 2000, his violin solo piece, "Nocturne and Aubade," was chosen as the obligatory contemporary piece for competitors to perform at the 2002 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. A month later, Alcheh appeared as a guest composer to The 22nd Asian Composers League Festival in Seoul, Korea, where his "String Trio" for Violin, Viola and Cello was a prizewinner. Also in 2002, his ballet piece "No Exit" was choreographed in Germany and performed to high acclaim throughout Europe and the Middle East.

In 2002, Alcheh was invited as a visiting scholar to the Music Technology Department at Chicago's Northwestern University. This appointment was enabled by a grant from the America-Israel Culture Foundation. While in Chicago, he wrote his demanding "Dying Pianos" for piano duo and recorded sound. Created through a framework of measures growing ever closer, the piece is a kind of black hole collapse: it crushes itself with sounds that seem to have grown malignantly out of control. "Dying Pianos" would premiere in Tel-Aviv, performed by the renowned Israeli Piano Duo, who commissioned the piece.

After being awarded the status of an "Alien With Exceptional Abilities" by the U.S. government, Alcheh became a permanent resident of the United States. In 2004, he became a member of ASCAP. He belongs to other professional associations including The Society of Composers and Lyricists.

A simultaneous thread to Alcheh's classical-contemporary music career has been his deep involvement with technology, electronic music, recording and film. While still an undergraduate, Alcheh began scoring films and animation. By 2001, his professor Yosef Bardanashvili, one of Israel's most renowned and prolific composers, would bring him aboard as a soundtrack producer for Dover Kosashvili's feature film Late Marriage: the highest-grossing Israeli film of the decade, one of Entertainment Weekly's Ten Best Films of 2002 and Newsweek's Top 15 Films of 2002. His most recent U.S. credits include music for the National Geographic Channel's feature The Madness of Henry VIII, where he created some of his most memorable cues: lunging, epic orchestral music with powerful electronic strokes. He also wrote the complete underscore for BET networks' new series, The Music Makers, profiling black film and TV composers. He wrote the series' opening theme, sung by soul singer Jaguar Wright of The Roots. Daniel worked extensively with Pacific Street Films, which was recently honored with a MoMA retrospective. Alcheh often collaborates with up-and-coming directors on experimental shorts, theater productions and documentaries. Some of the last year's collaborations include avant-garde Danish director Anders Bramsen (Le Mis Popote), theater director Jeff Janisheski (Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind), New York filmmakers Nicole Franklin and Michael Knowles, and director Dutch Doscher for whom he recently completed the score to "Leave You In Me."

Daniel lives in Nyack, New York, with his wife, writer Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh.
www.danielalcheh.com

JOSEF BARDANASHVILI

JOSEF BARDANASHVILI, Composer

Born in 1948, Batumi, Georgia. He is a composer of stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works that have been performed throughout Europe and in the USA.

Mr. Bardanashvili studied with Aleksandr Shaverzashvili at the Music Academy in Tbilisi, where he graduated with a DMus in composition in 1976. Among his honors are the title of Honored Artist of Georgia (1988), the Paliashvili Award (1997), the ACUM Composer of the Year Prize (1998), the Margalit Prize (1999, for Dybbuk [incidental music]), the Award of the Israeli Prime Minister (2000),  the ACUM Mifal Chaim Prize for Life Achievement (2002), Israel Theater  Music Oscar (2003) and the ACUM prize, ''Composer of the Year'' in 2004. 

Many leading conductors (Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Lior Shambadal, Shlomo Mintz, Djansug Kachidze, Gisele Ben-Dor, Uri Segal, Gabor Hollerung, Zsolt Nagy, Steven Sloan), ensembles, orchestras, and soloists have performed his music throughout Georgia and Israel as well as in Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, the UK, and the USA.

He is also active in other positions. He served as director of the Music College in Batumi from 1986-91 and served as the Deputy Culture Minister of the autonomous region Adjaria in Georgia in 1993-94. He taught at the Camera Obscura College in 1998-99 and at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv University from 1998-2000.

Since 1995, he has lived in Israel. In addition to his activities as a composer, he was the Musical  Director of  the  International  Biennial for Contemporary  Music "Tempus  Fugit"  in  2002 and 2004. He has also composed much music for film and theater, and in addition, is a painter who has exhibited his works in both Georgia and Israel.
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Since its inception (1973), the Arthur Rubinstein Society has commissioned works by Israeli composers which have premiered in the International Master Competitions. The work commissioned for the 11th Competition is by Israeli composer, Josef Bardanashvili, who has composed the piece "Fantasia." The competitors can choose to play this obligatory piece in either the First or Second Stage in the Competition
Joseph Bardanashvilli "A Musical Moment" - 2002 This work was created at the special request of Ziv Eitan and the Ensemble of the 21st Century. The composition was written for a virtuoso percussionist, performing on "Dolly", two marimba musicians and a traditional string quartet. The work is a mingling between ethnical influences and modern music. The Israeli composer Joseph Bardanashvilli is worldwide renowned and his music is played by the leading orchestra's all over the world.

RONEN HOFFMAN

RONEN HOFFMAN, Composer

Born in Israel 1967, Ronen Hoffman, composer, music producer. Founder of the DXM project - a group of sound and video artists who worked together during eight years and produced seven CD's with alternative music, displaying the life in Tel Aviv near the end of the Eighties. Hoffman is a composer and a producer of Israeli music, mainly computerized music. He produced three mini-albums on CD's under the name Precycle, including electro-organ utopic works next to songs in Hebrew performed by singers like, Carni and Postel.

Hoffman won BDA competition award in Toronto, Canada, in the category of original animation music for his composition of the opening song of the movie series "Short Love Stories" and the first prize at the Berlinbeta 2001 competition. Hoffman participated at the homage to Lea Goldberg with the song "Tomorrow" and has been the composer of soundtracks for the theatre and the 2nd Television Channel.

Ronen Hofman and Ziv Eitan "The Good People" -2000 The creation incorporates soft electronic styles like Ambient, Chill-Out and Acid-Jazz. In the first part many percussion instruments are having a conversation with each other: vibraphone, marimba, cabassa, different types of rattles and solo-flexatone (a small metallic percussion instrument). The computer plays an important role in this creation. Top of the page


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