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The Bach, Beethoven & Brahms Society Orchestra will present the premiere performance of a concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra by Osnat in their 2017-18 season 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. Check back for more details as they become available!
Osnat is featured in the cover story of the Summer 2015 issue of Harvard University’s Music Newsletter.
Last November, Osnat arranged and performed Sasha Argov’s setting of a whimsical poem by Ayin Hillel about a budding romance between an antenna and a solar-powered water heater sharing the same rooftop, Sun Boiler and Antenna Too, on a concert celebrating Argov’s 100th birthday at Berklee College of Music. She was joined by Amir Milstein on flute, Noam Israeli on drums and Nadav Shapira on double bass. A video of the performance is now available at the following link: http://youtu.be/9jwwToCMoog
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 engaging compositions have been performed in Israel, France, Germany, Korea, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and the United States. Performers of her music include Firebird Ensemble, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Kaprizma Ensemble (Israel), Ensemble Consart (Germany), saxophonist Geoffrey Landman and bass David Salsbery Fry.
A scene from her “riotously funny” (The New York Times) opera The Wondrous Woman Within was performed to great acclaim at New York City Opera’s VOX festival in 2012. In November 2015 the complete opera received its premiere in a sold out run at Tel Aviv’s Cameri Theatre. Other recent and upcoming performances of her compositions include Schertch (Spektral Quartet with Tim Munro), l’Histoire de quatre musiciens (Cadillac Moon) and away dream all away (ICE).
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 has served on the faculties of New England Conservatory and The Walden School. In 2013, she joined the faculty of Harvard University, where she teaches composition, theory and musicianship.