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Noam Sivan

New York, NY   

Composer, pianist, improviser, conductor, and interdisciplinary artist, Noam Sivan has been featured throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, in venues including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, Ravinia Festival, Salle Cortot in Paris, Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, Pickman Hall in Boston, the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and The Hague, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Chicago Cultural Center, Scotia Festival in Canada, Jerusalem Theater, and Tel Aviv Museum. Over 50 of his compositions have been performed, including operas, scores for ballet and dance, vocal music, orchestral and chamber works, and evening-long multimedia shows.

Noam Sivan’s compositions include the opera Fruits of Folia produced by the Mannes Opera & Orchestra, Nocturne for Orchestra performed by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, his own Piano Concerto which he premiered in the triple role of soloist, conductor & composer, a String Sextet commissioned by the New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, and The Cabin of Loneliness premiered by Members of the Israel Philharmonic with Thalamus Voices conducted by the composer. His latest 30-min. work Death and Birth in both Hebrew and Arabic will be premiered in June 2014 by the Tel-Aviv Soloists Chamber Orchestra with vocal soloists, mixed chorus, and the composer playing the solo piano part. His music has also been performed by Anthony McGill, Charles Neidich, Tanja Becker-Bender, Laurie Rubin, Yael Weiss, Hung-Wei Huang, Noah Getz, Jacqueline Leclair, Steven Dibner, Chin Kim, Maya Hartman, Azi Schwartz, Horszowski Trio, Momenta Quartet, Link Ensemble, Moran Vocal Ensemble, Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble, New York Miniaturist Ensemble, Jerusalem Saxophone Quartet, Piano4, and Fourtissimo Piano Quartet, among others. Choreographers who have created dance works to his music include Idan Sharabi, Adam Hendrickson, Lucy Van Cleef, and Michelle Mola. His music has been broadcast on over 40 radio stations in the U.S. and abroad, featured in a special composer-portrait concert at the Greenwich Arts House, and recorded for the Bridge and Koch labels. 

A notable pioneer in the revival of improvisation in the classical music world, Noam Sivan has given evening-length improvised piano recitals, conducted orchestral improvisations, and collaborated on multidisciplinary improvisations with musicians, singers, dancers, and actors. In 2013 he became the first musician from North America invited to perform and lecture at the all-European ERASMUS Improvisation Intensive Project in The Netherlands, hosted under the auspices of the European Union. In October 2013 his solo piano improvisation was broadcast to a worldwide audience of 16,000 registered users in the first-ever online Music History Course hosted by the Curtis Institute on the internet platform Coursera.   

As a pianist, Noam Sivan performed the Asian premiere of the Viktor Ullmann piano concerto with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach’s Goldberg Variations encored by his live improvisation on the piece for a broadcast on Israeli national TV, and has toured with his solo recital series Chopin and Improvisations. His solo playing of excerpts from sixty different pieces is featured on the iPhone application Chopin Alarm Clock. He has played chamber music at Barge Music, Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y; Ravinia, Kefar Blum, Summertrios and Waterville Valley festivals; Serenata Series in London, Ontario; DeVos Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Pinnacle Series in Scottsdale, Arizona; Stadtinitiative in Vienna, Austria, and other venues. 

Noam Sivan was a composer-in-residence at the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival and a guest composer at the University of New Mexico Composers’ Symposium, performing his own music as pianist and conductor, and giving master-classes, workshops and lectures. He has held two week-long residencies at the Aldwell Center for Piano and Musicianship in Jerusalem, teaching piano master-classes and giving improvisation workshops. Other guest presentations and lectures were hosted by the International Keyboard Institute and Festival (IKIF); International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM); Music Theory Society of New York State; Fourth and Fifth International Schenker Symposia; International Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory on Schoenberg; University of Toronto; University of Michigan; University of California Los Angeles; State University of New York at Stony Brook; City University of New York Graduate Center; Queens College; Hochstein Music School; the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; and other programs and venues. 

Born in Israel (1978), Noam Sivan currently lives in New York City with his wife Maya and their three children. He holds a doctorate from the Juilliard School, and is on the faculties of Juilliard, the Curtis Institute, and Mannes College, having founded improvisation courses and produced improvisation concerts in all three conservatories. His teachers have included Milton Babbitt, Carl Schachter, Edward Aldwell, Robert Cuckson, Richard Goode, Menachem Zur, Vadim Monastirsky, and Manuela Sivan. 



Noam Sivan: The Cabin of Loneliness for mixed chorus and string orchestra

Sun. Birth. Poetry is born out of ideas, letters, and words, and it nurtures other art forms. Art is both wondrous and divine, but inevitably leads to loneliness and social seclusion. The loneliness is manifested through dreams, lack of sleep, and night adventures. The dreams are interrupted by a voice from reality. The natural world at night is rich and colorful, but this only reinforces the feelings of loneliness and confusion.
Poetry by: Danny Cohen.
Performed by Tel-Aviv Soloists and Moran Choir, conducted by Barak Tal.

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Noam Sivan: Five Miniatures for clarinet and piano

Charles Neidich, clarinet, and Noam Sivan, piano. The five movements start at: I. 0:00; II. 0:58; III. 3:33; IV. 4:36; V. 6:49.

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Live Improvisation: Vocalise on Four Emotions

Rinat Shaham, mezzo-soprano, and Noam Sivan, piano. Live improvisation, recorded in a single take, without a rehearsal. The four movements start at:
I. 0:00; II. 1:14; III. 3:30; IV. 4:55.

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