New & Noteworthy

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 is one of twelve recipients of a 2014 Fromm Music Foundation commission. Stay tuned for more news about the work this commission will fund as it develops!

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 engaging compositions have been performed in Israel, France, Germany, South Korea, the Netherlands 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 on New York City Opera’s VOX festival in 2012, and the complete opera will receive its premiere at Tel Aviv’s Cameri Theatre in 2015. Other recent and upcoming performances of her compositions include Schertch (Spektral Quartet with Tim Munro), Pang Spindle (Cadillac Moon) and Common Ground (BMOP).

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 musicianship, theory and composition.

Upcoming Performances

November 14, 2015

Cameri 3, The Cameri Theatre, Tel Aviv, Israel

Premiere performance of The Wondrous Woman Within, conducted by Yuval Zorn and directed by Julia Pevzner with the Israeli Contemporary Players and singers Guy Pelc, Yael Levita, Roi Sarouk and Noa Frenkel. Part of the Cameri Theatre’s Second International Hanoch Levin Festival. Additional performance dates TBD. Stay tuned for more details soon!

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!