Gilad Hochman is widely considered as one of Israel’s most prominent young composers and as an original and innovative voice in the international music scene. Among his many achievements, at age 24 Hochman became the youngest to win Israel’s prestigious Prime Minister’s Prize. He is also the winner of various International composition competitions, like the 2017 S&R Washington Award.
Hochman was described as “a rising star in the classical music world” by France 24 and as “an already a well-known classical composer” by the BBC. The New York Times stated that “most impressive is Mr. Hochman’s gift for assembling musical gestures that come across as psychologically revealing” in an elaborated review while the Israeli Prime Minister’s Prize committee described him as “a fascinating, original and colorful creator”. Ma’ariv concluded – “Hochman writes with a true artist’s hand”.
Notable performances of his compositions include chamber-music retrospective concerts in Germany and the Berlin Philharmonie orchestral debut in 2013. In 2015 his orchestral piece “Suspended Reality” was commissioned and played in a concert tour by the Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva and the Philharmonie der Nationen under conductor Justus Frantz. This piece’s performances included a premiere at the German Parliament and concerts at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Wuppertal’s Stadthalle, Tel Aviv’s Opera House and at six other venues. Other compositions by Hochman have been played at Carnegie Hall (New York), Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, St James’s Piccadilly (London) and Henry Crown Symphony Hall (Jerusalem), to name a few.
Born in Israel in 1982 to an Odessa-native father and a Paris-native mother, Hochman resides in Berlin since 2007. That same year, he graduated with honors from the music academy at Tel Aviv University, where he studied composition under Gil Shohat, as well as musicology and theoretical subjects under some of Israel’s leading senior musicians.
“From the beginning of my academic studies, AICF gave recognition to my abilities as a young musician and composer. Looking back, this generosity was an important step in my professional growth. The AICF scholarship was a big aid to my schooling and my artistic development and allowed me to focus and deepen my musical studies, musicology and the arts, as well as to improve my acquired knowledge and sharpen my abilities by writing a wide range of compositions.”