ODED ZEHAVI, Music Composer
Oded Zehavi’s music runs the gamut from atonality to neo-romanticism and has won international accolades from both audiences and critics for its appealing and emotional content. His tonal language draws from music traditions of the Middle East (Jewish and Arabic), European art song and contemporary techniques, exploring the fusion of western and ethnic musical heritages.
Scholarly pursuits include a recent sabbatical as a research fellow at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Institute, investigating ancient and contemporary applications of the shofar as a Jewish ritual object. He is frequently invited to lecture on Israeli and Jewish music at conferences in Israel, Europe and America.
He has received numerous prizes and commissions for his works and has been performed by renowned conductors and ensembles such as Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, David Robertson, Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and Kirov Opera Orchestra in some of the world’s great concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Festspielhaus and Musikverein.
Zehavi is a professor of Music at the University of Haifa, Israel.