Osnat Netzer is a composer, pianist and teacher, living in Boston. Her works have been performed in Israel, France, Germany, South Korea, the Netherlands, and the United States at venues such as the Jerusalem Music Center, Boston’s Jordan Hall, events such as Israel’s “Sounds in the Desert” festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and broadcasted on Israeli National Radio. Performers of her music include the Kaprizma Ensemble for Contemporary Music, Musica Sacra Cambridge, Consart, Carmel Quartet, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
Netzer’s oeuvre covers a wide range of styles from orchestral, chamber and vocal works in the classical field to light music, klezmer and jazz. Her recent compositions include Improvisations for solo marimba and “Paths of Stone and Water” for chorus acapella, commissioned by Musica Sacra and a 75 minute chamber opera, based on a play by Israeli playwright Hanoch Levin.
Netzer Attended the Israel Arts and Science Academy in Jerusalem, obtained a Bachelor’s of Music in piano and composition from the Jerusalem Music Academy, and a Master’s of Music in composition and Theory from Mannes College of Music, New York. In 2009-10 Osnat received the Beebe Fund Scholarship for a residency in Berlin. In 2011 Netzer graduated the New England Conservatory of Music, with a DMA in composition.
Recognition for Netzer’s accomplishments includes Felix Saltzer Techniques of Music Award and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship for studies abroad, the BMOP composition competition, the Zeltsman Marimba Festival, the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the Beebe Fund for residency in Berlin in 2009-2010 and the Donald Martino Award for Excellence in Composition.
Netzer’s composition “Taksim” for marimba was published by Edition Peters in 2009.
As a pianist and performer, Netzer regularly plays and conducts new music by fellow composers, as well as her own songs and compositions. She is the impresario and coordinator of an annual holocaust memorial concert, taking place each year at the New England Conservatory. Netzer also works with singers on a regular basis, as accompanist and coach of soloists as well as choirs. Netzer has worked in various capacities at Mannes College of Music, The Walden School, MATAN art and culture project for youth, and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Recently, Netzer has been appointed adjunct faculty at the New England Conservatory.
“The AICF scholarship enables me to attend the school that is most suitable to my artistic needs. The foundation’s belief in my abilities gives me the confidence to continue the hard work it takes to be an active composer.”