New & Noteworthy
The Bach, Beethoven & Brahms Society Orchestra will present the premiere performance of Luce Cantabile: Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Shadow on November 19 at Faneuil Hall in Boston. This work, Osnat’s first multi-movement composition for orchestra and soloist, will be conducted by Steven Lipsitt, feature guest soloist Ken Radnofsky and is funded by a commission from the Fromm Music Foundation.
The Radcliffe Choral Society have commissioned Osnat to write a single-movement work for SSAA chorus and chamber orchestra which they will premiere on their spring concert this coming March. Stay tuned for more details as they become available!
Osnat has joined the composition faculty of Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she will offer private studio instruction. This appointment is concurrent with her appointment to the faculty of Harvard University, where she is about to begin her fifth year as a Preceptor in Music.
Osnat is featured in the cover story of the Summer 2015 issue of Harvard University’s Music Newsletter.
Osnat Netzer /osˈnat ˈnɛtsɛʁ/ is a multi-faceted musician based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Born in Haifa, Israel, she developed a love of music at a very young age, and trained intensively as a composer, pianist and singer-songwriter throughout her high school years, military service and undergraduate studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She came to the United States in 2003 for graduate studies in composition, music theory and piano at Mannes, and continued her studies in composition at New England Conservatory, where she earned her doctorate in 2011. Her highly theatrical and kinetic compositions have been performed in Israel, France, Germany, Korea, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, Canada and the United States, published by Edition Peters and earthsongs, and recorded on Bridge Records. Performers of her music include Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Israel Contemporary Players, Spektral Quartet, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Firebird Ensemble, saxophonist Geoffrey Landman and bass David Salsbery Fry.
Her opera, The Wondrous Woman Within, was described as “riotously funny” in The New York Times when its first scene was performed at New York City Opera’s VOX festival in 2012 and “challenging and fascinating” by critic Amir Kidron when it received its premiere in a sold out run at Tel Aviv’s Cameri Theatre in 2015. Other recent and upcoming performances of her compositions include Are you yet living? (ICE), Zwang und Zweifel (Patchwork) and Luce Cantabile (Kenneth Radnofsky and the Bach, Beethoven & Brahms Society Orchestra).
As a pianist and performer, she regularly plays and conducts new music by fellow composers, as well as her own songs and compositions. Also a committed and passionate educator, Dr. Netzer currently serves on the faculties of Harvard University, Longy School of Music of Bard College and The Walden School.