New & Noteworthy
Osnat was the guest composer on episode 123 of ADJ•ective New Music’s podcast Lexical Tones, discussing two recent works, Consume by… and They bury their dead with great ululations with host Rob McClure. The episode is available on SoundCloud, Stitcher and iTunes.
On 7 August 2018, five members of The United States Army Band presented a recital celebrating 21st century saxophone music on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center. The program was built around Osnat’s work Pillars, which was performed by SSG Doug O’Connor with Osnat at the piano. A video of the recital is available at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ISpt_BEhRE. The performance of Pillars begins at 32:27.
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 and New Focus Recordings.
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. In 2019, she joined the faculty of DePaul University as Assistant Professor of Composition and Musicianship.