New & Noteworthy

Osnat has been appointed to the faculty of DePaul University in Chicago as Assistant Professor of Composition and Musicianship. She will assume her position in the Autumn 2019 quarter.

Osnat has received a commission from River Oaks Chamber Orchestra for a new work which will receive its premiere performances on 27 & 28 September in Houston, conducted by Mei-Ann Chen. Stay tuned for more details as they become available!

Portrait of Osnat Netzer

Osnat Netzer /osˈnat ˈnɛtsɛʁ/ is a composer, performer and educator. Her kinetic, visceral and highly theatrical compositions take inspiration from Embodied Cognition, Newtonian Mechanics, Composed Theatre and Aristotelian Energy Potentiality and Actuality, have been commissioned and performed by soprano Lucy Dhegrae, bass David Salsbery Fry, saxophonists Kenneth Radnofsky, Doug O’Connor and Geoffrey Landman, Patchwork, ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), Spektral Quartet and Winsor Music, among many others, published by Edition Peters and earthsongs, and recorded on Bridge Records.

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.

Born in Haifa, Israel, Netzer studied composition and piano at the Israel Arts and Science Academy and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where her primary composition teacher was Menachem Zur. She came to the United States in 2003 for graduate studies in composition with Robert Cuckson at Mannes and continued her studies with Lee Hyla at New England Conservatory, where she earned her doctorate in 2011.

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, Netzer teaches at The Walden School and has served on the faculties of New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music of Bard College and Harvard University. This fall, she joins the faculty of DePaul University as Assistant Professor of Composition and Musicianship.

Upcoming Performances

25 August 2019 6:00pm

Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC

Doug O’Connor premieres Consume by…, a work he commissioned for flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, baritone saxophone/soprano saxophone, trombone, percussion, piano, electric bass and amplified cello, on a concert also featuring premieres of works by Robert Hasegawa, Robert Morris, Jeffrey Mumford and Baljinder Sekhon. The performance will be livestreamed here.

27 September 2019 8:00pm

Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston, TX

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra premieres a new work they commissioned from Osnat on their themed concert “Time for Hope”, which also features works by Alejandro Basulto, Lisa Bielawa, Haydn and Judith Shatin.

28 September 2019 5:00pm

The Church of St. John the Divine, Houston, TX

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra reprises a new work they commissioned from Osnat on their themed concert “Time for Hope”, which also features works by Alejandro Basulto, Lisa Bielawa, Haydn and Judith Shatin.

If you have performed or are planning on performing a composition by Osnat Netzer, please let us know, and we’ll be sure to list it on the site!