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Osnat Netzer

Cambridge, MA         

Osnat Netzer (ohs-NAHT’ NEH’-tsehr) 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 engaging compositions have been performed in Israel, France, Germany, South Korea, the Netherlands and the United States. Performers of her music include Firebird Ensemble, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Kaprizma Ensemble (Israel), Ensemble Consart (Germany), saxophonist Geoffrey Landman and bass David Salsbery Fry.

A scene from her “riotously funny” (The New York Times) opera The Wondrous Woman Within was performed to great acclaim on New York City Opera’s VOX festival in 2012, and the complete opera will receive its premiere at Tel Aviv’s Cameri Theatre in 2015. Other recent and upcoming performances of her compositions include Schertch (Spektral Quartet with Tim Munro), Pang Spindle (Cadillac Moon) and Common Ground (BMOP).

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 has served on the faculties of New England Conservatory and The Walden School. In 2013, she joined the faculty of Harvard University, where she teaches musicianship, theory and composition.

Pillars (2014)

“Pillars”, for alto saxophone and piano, was commissioned by Geoffrey Landman for the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial National Conference. It was composed in Cambridge, Massachusetts and completed in January of 2014. This recording features Geoffrey Landman on alto saxophone and the composer at the piano.

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The Wondrous Woman Within (2008-11): Act I, Scene 1

“The Wondrous Woman Within” is a comic opera in two acts with a Hebrew libretto by Osnat Netzer adapted from the play of the same name by Hanoch Levin. The first scene of the opera (in an English translation by Elana M. Messer) was selected for inclusion on New York City Opera’s VOX festival in 2012. The performers are: Jesse Blumberg, baritone; Kathryn Guthrie, soprano; the New York City Opera Orchestra conducted by Julian Wachner. This recording contains intermittent white noise. It is not a part of the composition. ℗ 2012 New York City Opera

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Schertch (2014)

“Schertch”, for string quartet and alto flute, was co-commissioned by The Walden School and Spektral Quartet. It was composed in Cambridge, Massachusetts and completed in May of 2014. The premiere performance was recorded live on 11 July 2014 by Spektral Quartet with guest flutist Tim Munro.

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NewMusicBox Articles

Headlines August 23 2013 | By Osnat Netzer
Music is Music: The 2013 PARMA Music Festival

What was most striking about the PARMA Festival was its diversity; diversity within musical styles and event types, its combination of local, national, and international artists, and also its audience,...