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Ezra Donner

Bloomington, IN         

Ezra Donner (b. 1986) is an American composer, pianist, and educator. Described as “energetic and good humored” (The Big City), his music combines passion, wit, and sensitivity with an interest in music’s ability to communicate a wide range of emotions and ideas.


Ezra’s music has been performed in Carnegie Hall and in numerous other venues throughout North America, the United Kingdom, Eastern Europe, and Turkey.  Awards and honors for composition have come from the American Prize Competition, the Respighi Prize Competition, the Music Teachers’ National AssociationClefWorks, and the Midwest Graduate Music Consortium.


Ezra’s work as a performer can be heard on his 2012 studio album Steel Sky, featuring original compositions for piano solo composed 2009-2011. His teaching is showcased in the video series Journeys through Music, highlighting music from the orchestral repertoire with analysis and musical illustrations.


Ezra is currently a third year Doctoral student majoring in music composition at Indiana University, where he is a student of Claude Baker. He holds degrees from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, where his principal teachers were William Bolcom and Bright Sheng.