Omer Barash (b. 1995) is a composer currently pursuing his master’s degree at McGill University with Philippe Leroux, and is the incoming president of MASC, the McGill Association of Student Composers.
He graduated from the Israel Arts and Sciences Academy (IASA), where he studied the piano with Prof. Assaf Zohar and Mr. Daniel Hoexter, and composition with Mr. Israel Sharon. After graduation, Omer studied composition at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, under Dr. Karel Volniansky, Prof. Yinam Leef, and Prof. Ari Ben-Shabetai, and piano under Prof. Eitan Globerson.
Omer was a member of the JAMD chamber music programme for outstanding students as a pianist, and also of the “Tedarim” programme for the Master’s degree in composition – both under a full tuition scholarship.
He participated in masterclasses and seminars with composers Georg Friedrich Haas, Franck Bedrossian, Johanna Doderer, among others.
SELECTED PAST PERFORMANCES
- February 27, 2020: “A Very Narrow Bridge” by Meitar Ensemble, at Targ Auditorium, Tel-Aviv University
- June 26, 2019: “Jeux Jerusalemiens” by Tedarim Ensemble, conducted by Pascal Gallois at the Israeli Conservatory of Music, Tel-Aviv
- June-July 2018 “Resisei Laila” (Night Dew) by the Netanya-Kibbutz Orchestra, conducted by Christian Lindberg – eight concerts across Israel.
- June 2018 “Scattergories” for flute, clarinet, bassoon, piano, violin, cello and double-bass by Tedarim ensemble conducted by Tom Karni, at the Israeli Conservatory of Music, Tel-Aviv
- April 2018 “Schizoprism” for cello and piano by Yoni Gotlibovich and Amit Dolberg, at the JAMD
- February 2018 “Resisei Laila” (Night Dew) by the Netanya-Kibbutz Orchestra, conducted by Guy Braunstein – seven concerts across Israel.
- December 2017 “TEHUDA” for violin and piano, by Duo Ardorè – at the Nuova Consonanza Festival in Rome, Italy
- March 2017 “Small Square” for clarinet and piano by Adva Hadida and Amit Dolberg – at the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
- February 2017 “Four Glances through a Keyhole” for chamber ensemble –– by outstanding students from the Jerusalem and Budapest Music academies – at the ELMA arts center in Zichron Ya’akov, Israel
- November 2016 “Echoes of Reverence” – a symphonic version for clarinet solo and string orchestra –by the Savaria Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Peter Dobszay – at the St. Martin Gala in Szombathely, Hungary
- April 2016 “Four Glances through a Keyhole” for chamber ensemble – by Meitar Ensemble – at the Jerusalem Music Centre, Israel
AWARDS AND HONOURS
- Andrew Svoboda Memorial Prize for Orchestral Composition (McGill University, 2020)
- Klon Award for Emerging Composers: 1st prize (Israel Composers’ League, 2019)
- Merit grant in composition (AICF, 2018-2019)
- Nazarian scholarship for outstanding chamber musicians (JAMD, 2017-2019)
- Full tuition scholarships for composition and piano studies (ARPE Foundation, 2017-2019)
- Mark Kopytman Composition Contest: 1st prize (JAMD, 2018)
- Audience Choice Award for “Resisei Laila” (Israel NK Orchestra, 2o18)
- Scholarship for composition studies (ARPE Foundation, 2016-2017)
- Mark Kopytman Composition Contest: 3rd prize (JAMD, 2016)
- Scholarship for piano studies (AICF, 2012-2013)