New & Noteworthy
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!
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 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.