Ofri Eliaz was born in Afula, Israel and spent her early childhood in the north of Israel. At age ten moved with her family to Jerusalem where she spent most of her teenage years in the High School of Arts.
During her army service she performed as a singer accompanied by a guitar player. After her military service, Ofri spent a year at Rimon School for Contemporary Music in Ramat Hasharon. In 1997 she moved to New York City to study music and music therapy. She received her first degree in Music Jazz Performance from Mannes School of Music and her masters degree in music therapy from New York University.
During these years Ofri performed all over the U.S with a program of Ladino and Israeli songs. In 2003 she came back to Israel and released her first CD of Ladino songs: “Ya salio de la mar – Judeo Spanish Songs”. The musicians in this album are some of the top players in New York City, such as: Frank London, Steve Gorn, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Alex Skolnick, John La Barbera, Joe Deninzon, George Mgrdichian and Shai Bachar.
Ofri appeared on several T.V and radio shows. in 2019 she released a new CD in Hebrew. Most of the songs, lyrics as well as compositions, were written by herself. She continues to both perform and be engaged in music therapy.
Press : “Ofri Eliaz gives Ladino another vision, almost as if it were a perspective from above. Eliaz designs (with the help of her musical producer Shai Bachar) Mediterranean flowing music; music which is both eastern and cosmopolitan, like a haute couture designer who makes the optimal ethnic dress, to 12 Ladino songs. The result is enchanting and intriguing. The Ladino receives a surprising twist; the title song has a Baroque quality. Fresh and interesting.”(Amos Oren, Yedioth Ahronoth , 2005 )
“Singer with voice of honey” (Haim Acherim, 2005)
“Ofri Eliaz interprets this music freely and expressively. Giving the beautiful ancient melodies new life. (Millennium Stage, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, 2000).
More press at: https://www.ofrieliaz.com/–clml
Ofri gave performances in New York City at: The Knitting Factory, Makor, The Bitter End, Izzy bar, Sephardic House, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn College and The Center for Jewish History.
Performed with EMI recording artists Alabina, featuring Ishtar and the Los Ninos De Sara.
Other performances include: Kennedy Center in Washington D.C; The Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, N.C; The Museum of Fine Art in Philadelphia; The Field museum in Chicago ;The International Jewish festival in Long Island, New York; Erie Art Museum, PA; The National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA; Israel Culture and Film Festival, Bergen County, N.J; The Israeli Consulate Independent day event;
Participated in June 2004 in the Festi-Ladino contest at the Jerusalem Theater in Jerusalem. The event took place as part of the annual Israel Festival.
In 2003 received a grant as an “Excellent Artist” from the Ministry of Absorption.