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Osnat Netzer

Osnat Netzer is a composer, pianist and educator living in Boston. She is winner of the ASCAP Morton Gould Award, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project Competition, the Zeltsman Marimba Competition and the Donald Martino Award for Excellence in Composition. In 2009-10, she lived in Berlin through the funding of the Beebe Fund and there completed her opera The Wondrous Woman Within on a text by Hanoch Levin. Osnat is also active as a pianist in classical and contemporary concert music, as well as improvisatory folk-, klezmer-, and jazz-influenced works. Recently, she was appointed adjunct professor at New England Conservatory. Osnat was born and raised in Haifa, Israel. 

Bachelor’s degree, Jerusalem Academy, Master’s degree, Mannes College of Music, D.M.A. New England Conservatory, studies at Universität der Künste, Berlin, Bowdoin Music Festival, Tanglewood. Composition with Lee Hyla, Robert Cuckson, Daniel Ott, Iris ter Schiphorst, Menachem Zur, Zvi Avni, piano with Inessa Zaretsky and Esther Narkiss.

About her piece for the New Art Songs project (2012):

"My piece Ten Songs of Yesno is a song cycle for bass voice and piano, setting poems by Dennis Lee. The ten poems were published in the book YesNo as one group. In the words of the poet: "This set is where the exploring voice goes through the wildest oscillations -- trying to affirm the yes, keeping being sucked back into the no, without being able to hold them together simultaneously -- and ends up in incoherent babble and then in a dance-of-death and the stasis of burnout." Lee's poems reveal to me a genuine hunger for new and personal means of expression, a hunger that I share in my musical pursuits. As Dennis takes us through his troubled process, my music portrays a composer's own disconcerted path."

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