About Lior Kaminetsky

Lior Kaminetsky earned a Masters’ degree in Violin performance & Musicology from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and the Hebrew University. Currently lives in Los Angeles, progressing a D.M.A degree (Doctor of Musical Arts) at the Thornton School of Music at USC. He has received various awards from the Universite De Sorbon and the Schwerin Academy institutions, and from the Ella Fitchgerald Charitable, Nowakowsky and America-Israel Cultural Foundations. Among his various activities, Kaminetsky served as a writer for Yedioth America Israeli newspaper of the west coast, and as the chairman of the Jerusalem Academy students’ organization. He has performed widely abroad and has appeared on Radio and TV as well as on the Dying to Live, a documentary film by Ben Mittleman.

Kaminetsky, 7th generation Jerusalamite, was born to a traditional and musical family. He is the youngest of 4 boys, son of the Chazzan, Cantor Jacob and Ofra Kaminetsky z”l. He served as a Medic in the IDF as part of Yeshiva studies program and earnd a Teaching certificate in Jewish Philosophy and Jewish Oral studies at the Herzog institute at the Har Etzion Yeshiva.

Judaism and music have always been two of the most important factors in Lior’s life and both influenced his original Jewish music compositions Lior has a wide ranging repertoire which includes classical and Jewish music, as well as Klezmer. His compositions fuse traditional melodies with exciting improvisation and vocals. Lior’s unique performances reflect the breadth of his musicianship – virtuosity as a performer and originality as an arranger and composer.

Lior was an America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship recipient from 1991-1997.

Lior Kaminetsky

Violin, Classical

Los Angeles, California, United States
Grant Recipient