New & Noteworthy

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:

Portrait of Osnat Netzer

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.

Upcoming Performances

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!