Talia Amar

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Composer and Pianist Dr. Talia Amar was described as “a master composer… (she) has a fine ear for sound as well as sure compositional technique” (David Schulenberg, The Boston Musical Intelligencer). She is the recipient of many international awards including the Israel Prime Minister award 2018, The Acum award 2019, the Rosenblum Prize for Promising Young Artist 2016 by the Tel Aviv Municipality, the Klon Award for young composers 2012, CIRCE Composition Competition, London Ear Festival, North-South Consonance Composition Competition, International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition, and she has also consecutively been awarded scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation both in piano and composition (with honors).

 

Her string quartet “Obsession” was featured in Castleton Festival after being hand selected by Maestro Lorin Maazel. She was selected to be the Composer Fellow of Collage New Music for 2015-2016 in Boston. She has participated in the IRCAM ManiFeste workshop and the Royaumont composition course in France.

She was selected to represent Israel in different festivals such as ISCM World New Music in Vancouver (2017), Asian Composers League Festival in Taiwan (2018), and ECCO Festival in Brussels (2019).

 

Her compositions have been performed in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Slovakia, Poland, England, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Norway, Philippines, Taiwan, and the USA by ensembles such as: ICE, Itinéraire Ensemble, Standing Waves, Yarn/Wire, Collage New Music, Lydian String Quartet, Meitar Ensemble, Les Cris de Paris, Ensemble Recherche du Midi, Uroboros Ensemble, and Israel Contemporary Players.

 

Talia earned her B.M. in 2012 in composition with honors under the guidance of Prof. Mark Kopytman, Prof. Ari Ben-Shabetai and Prof. Yinam Leef at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She earned her M.M. at the Mannes College of Music in NYC with Prof. Mario Davidovsky in composition and Victor Rosenbaum in piano. She earned her PhD at Brandeis University, where she was selected as one of the recipients of the Sandy Fisher Prize for Exceptional Achievement in the Creative Arts in 2020. She was also awarded an Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award for 2015-16 and was named the recipient of the Irving G. Fine Fellowship in Music Composition for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic year.

 

Since 2017, Talia has been a member of the composition faculty at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel, where she also serves as the Head of Innovation and Technology in Pedagogy. She is a council member of the Israeli Composers League, and a performer of electronic music with Meitar ensemble.

Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


L'espoir d'une vie meilleure for piano, violin, and voice (2021)
There is a moment that the light for voice and piano (2018)
Deus Ex Machina for voice, double bass, and phone (2016)
Coalescence for trumpet, electric guitar, and percussion (2016)
Obsession for string quartet (2013)
Monologue for two pianos (2010)
Sparks (2009)

Ensemble (Instruments or Voices) and Fixed Electronic Media


Ouroboros For Accordion and electronics (2020)
From the Chrysalis For large ensemble and electronics (2020)
Reverberations for flute, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, piano, electronics (2019)

Ensemble (Instruments or Voices) and Real Time Electronics


Taijitu for flute, guitar, and two phones (2020)
Collision for two percussions, two pianos, and live electronics (2017)

Soloist (Instrument or Voice) and Fixed Electronic Media


Ephemerality piano and electronics (2020)
MutMorphosis flute and electronics (2015)

Solo Instrument


Into the Maelstrom Piano (2020)
Deja Vu cello solo (2015)
Paraphrase horn solo (2015)
Phantasmagoria piano solo (2013)
Sensation (2009)

Orchestral Music


Voices of Saudade Commissioned by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (2020)
Reverberating Memories (2012)

Soloist (Instrument or Voice) and Real Time Electronics


Triangulation piano and live electronics (2017)

Ensemble (10 - 19 instruments)


Souvenirs For voice and large ensemble (2017)
All Shadows Whisper of the Sun for large ensemble (2014)

Chamber Ensemble (5 - 9 instruments)


Reminiscence for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion (2015)
Prismatic Spectrum for sextet (2014)
When a dream becomes Reality... for Chamber ensemble (2012)
La voix (2011)
Morphing (2009)

String Quartet


Obsession for string quartet (2013)

Music and Dance


Materialistic (2012)

Voices and Instruments


Riddles (2012)
All Shadows Whisper of the Sun for large ensemble (2014)
Coalescence for trumpet, electric guitar, and percussion (2016)
Collision for two percussions, two pianos, and live electronics (2017)
Deja Vu cello solo (2015)
Deus Ex Machina for voice, double bass, and phone (2016)
Ephemerality piano and electronics (2020)
From the Chrysalis For large ensemble and electronics (2020)
Into the Maelstrom Piano (2020)
L'espoir d'une vie meilleure for piano, violin, and voice (2021)
La voix (2011)
Materialistic (2012)
Monologue for two pianos (2010)
Morphing (2009)
MutMorphosis flute and electronics (2015)
Obsession for string quartet (2013)
Ouroboros For Accordion and electronics (2020)
Paraphrase horn solo (2015)
Phantasmagoria piano solo (2013)
Prismatic Spectrum for sextet (2014)
Reminiscence for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion (2015)
Reverberating Memories (2012)
Reverberations for flute, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, piano, electronics (2019)
Riddles (2012)
Sensation (2009)
Souvenirs For voice and large ensemble (2017)
Sparks (2009)
Taijitu for flute, guitar, and two phones (2020)
There is a moment that the light for voice and piano (2018)
Triangulation piano and live electronics (2017)
Voices of Saudade Commissioned by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (2020)
When a dream becomes Reality... for Chamber ensemble (2012)