Osnat Netzer (ohs-NAHT’ NEH’-tsehr) is a multi-faceted musician based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Born in Haifa, Israel, she developed a love of music at a very young age, and trained intensively as a composer, pianist and singer-songwriter throughout her high school years, military service and undergraduate studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She came to the United States in 2003 for graduate studies in composition, music theory and piano at Mannes, and continued her studies in composition at New England Conservatory, where she earned her doctorate in 2011. Her highly theatrical and engaging compositions have been performed in Israel, France, Germany, South Korea, the Netherlands and the United States. Performers of her music include Firebird Ensemble, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Kaprizma Ensemble (Israel), Ensemble Consart (Germany), saxophonist Geoffrey Landman and bass David Salsbery Fry.
A scene from her “riotously funny” (The New York Times) opera The Wondrous Woman Within was performed to great acclaim on New York City Opera’s VOX festival in 2012, and the complete opera will receive its premiere at Tel Aviv’s Cameri Theatre in 2015. Other recent and upcoming performances of her compositions include Schertch (Spektral Quartet with Tim Munro), Pang Spindle (Cadillac Moon) and Common Ground (BMOP).
As a pianist and performer, she regularly plays and conducts new music by fellow composers, as well as her own songs and compositions. Also a committed and passionate educator, Dr. Netzer has served on the faculties of New England Conservatory and The Walden School. In 2013, she joined the faculty of Harvard University, where she teaches musicianship, theory and composition.
Articles by Osnat Netzer:
What was most striking about the PARMA Festival was its diversity; diversity within musical styles and event types, its combination of local, national, and international artists, and also its audience,...