About Ofir Shwartz

Born in Israel, Ofir has been playing the piano since the age of 2. Being with a classical background Ofir fell in love with jazz at puberty, a love that changed his views towards music and helped him find his calling as an improvising artist and composer. At the age of 20 Ofir started his professional career and has performed with some of Israel’s finest Jazz musicians.

Through the years Ofir has participated in a variety of musical projects, giving him the opportunity to experiment in different styles and approaches. He has performed at many prestigious Jazz Festivals and venues around the world both as leader and sideman, continuingly composing and creating fascinating new music.
Shwartz holds great importance in conserving creativity and unique sound while exploring the endless bounds of harmony and melody.

Ofir Shwartz is a several times winner of the Ministry of Culture prize for creativity in music, the Haifa Arts Foundation prize for Jazz Musician and is regularly supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as one of the great Israeli touring musicians.

In 2010 Ofir Shwartz has recorded Earlier in time, his debut album as a band leader. The album received great reviews from both the crowd and the media. In 2013 Ofir Shwartz has recorded Shades of Fish, his second album as a band leader. The album continually receives amazing reviews worldwide.

Ofir Shwartz

Piano, Composition, Music Direction

Haifa, Israel
Grant Recipient

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