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Ophir Ilzetzki

Born Aug. 1978 in Washington D.C.
Immigrated to Haifa, Israel with his parents and older brother at the age of 3.
Ophir started his musical training with piano under Noga Dagan in Haifa where he matriculated cum-laude in piano and music theory from the WIZO-Canada high school for the arts.
He later attended the theory class of noted Israeli composer Arie Shapira before leaving Israel in favor of a Bachelors degree at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague where he studied under Gilius van Bergijk, Clarence Barlow, Martijn Padding and attended the famous Sonology course.
In 2006 Ophir received a full scholarship supported by the Guildhall School Trust, to attend The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he completed with merit the MMus composition course under Malcolm Singer.
Ophir has been awarded the Stapley Trust Study Grant for the years 2007/8 and is the recipient of the 2007/8 Tracy Chadwell Prize for his Bat-Sheva Shapira songs for voice and piano.
In 2008 Ophir was added to the Sound & Music composer shortlist and was recently selected by the ISCM British Section to represent the UK with his Ambiance for Saxophone Quartet and Live Electronics at the 2011 ISCM World Music Days in Croatia.
In late 2008 Ophir was offered to produce and host slots on the newly founded Internet radio station, Halas. Subsequently the Anechoic Pictures production house approached Ophir leading to the creation of his radio offshoot, Anechoic Transmissions. Ophir can be heard monthly hosting his own broadcast, An Hour – a platform dedicated to the promotion of contemporary music by living composers that are most evidently non-commercially oriented. For more information please visit Ophir’s web-page on the FMA:
www.freemusicarchive.org/music/Ophir_Ilzetzki/#
In 2009, supported by the Southampton University, Ophir enrolled as a PhD candidate in composition where under the supervision of British composer, Michael Finnissy he explores the application of games to musical structures.
In 2011 the German label suRRism-Phonoethics released Ophir’s debut album entitled Still Life with Riots.