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Gilad Hochman, classical music composer

Gilad Hochman, classical music composer

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Gilad Hochman, one of Israel's most prominent composers, is widely considered a rising talent on the international classical music scene. His music has been described as "written with a true artist's hand" (Ora Binur, Ma'ariv newspaper), "the highpoint of an exciting performance" (Malcolm Miller, Tempo Magazine), "sheds new light on accepted expressions in music" (Noam Ben-Ze'ev, Ha'aretz newspaper) and as "original, fascinating, unusual and colorful" (Israeli Prime Minister Award committee 2007). He was also depicted as "one of Israel's most important composers" in an article on "the meteoric career of the composer Gilad Hochman" (Christopher Nielsen, Deutschland  Magazine). Hochman's work includes a wide range of compositions, reflecting a variety of aesthetic approaches. In his music, he places much emphasis on themes relating to Jewish tradition and his Israeli origins, while creating his own contemporary musical language - personal, lyrical and expressive.

At the age of 22 Hochman became the youngest person ever to be appointed as Composer-in Residence by one of Israel's leading orchestras, the Raanana Symphonette. By 24 he was the youngest composer to be awarded the prestigious Israeli Prime Minister Award (2007) for his artistic work and in 2007 he was awarded a Certificate of Distinction by his home town,  Raanana. His music is often commissioned and performed by leading musicians and music institutes throughout the world. It was commissioned, among others, by Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, Oriol Ensemble, Musica Nova Ensemble, Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble and Israel Chamber Orchestra. Hochman's Music is also performed in many different venues and music festivals, gaining the acclaim of critics, colleagues and audiences alike. Gilad Hochman currently divides his time between Israel and Berlin, Germany.


BIOGRAPHY

Gilad Hochman is one of Israels most prominent composers and is widely considered a rising talent on the international classical music scene. His music has been described as "written with a true artist's hand" (Ora Binur, Ma'ariv newspaper), "the highpoint of an exciting performance" (Malcolm Miller, Tempo Magazine), "sheds new light on accepted expressions in music" (Noam Ben-Ze'ev, Ha'aretz newspaper) and as "original, fascinating, unusual and colorful" (the Israeli Prime Minister Award committee, 2007). He was also depicted as "one of Israel's most important composers" in an article on "the meteoric career of the composer Gilad Hochman" (Christopher  Nielsen, Deutschland Magazine). Hochman's work includes a wide range of compositions for solo instruments, chamber music, choral and orchestral pieces reflecting a variety of aesthetic approaches. His music is on the one hand a continued development of classical music, but on the other he places much emphasis on themes relating to Jewish tradition and his Israeli origins, while creating his own contemporary musical language personal, lyrical and expressive.

Gilad Hochman was born in 1982 in Herzlia, Israel. His father was born in Odessa and his mother in Paris. He currently divides his time between Berlin, Germany and his native land. At the age of 22 Hochman was the youngest person ever to be appointed Composer-in-Residence by one of Israel s leading orchestras, the Raanana Symphonette. By 24 he became the youngest composer to be awarded the prestigious Israeli Prime Minister Award (2007) for his artistic work. He founded and artistically directed the Arco String Ensemble and the New Sounds concert series of the Israel Composers  League and in 2007 was awarded a Certificate of Distinction by his home town, Raanana. Hochman began his musical life at the age of 6, studying the piano. He started composing at the age of 9 and at 18 graduated from the Herzlia Music Conservatory, where he studied under composer Ilya Heifets and pianist Mark Shaviner. In 2007 Hochman graduated with honours from the Buchman-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University, studying under composer Gil Shohat, and by then his music was often performed at Israel's best known venues, as well as in the US and Europe.

Gilad Hochman's diverse body of works includes Whom My Soul Loveth for solo cello and mixed choir (2009). The piece explores the human emotion of yearning and is based upon a single verse from the Song of Songs (3:1). Here Hochman demarcates, in an original fashion, the place of the individual cello in relation to the surrounding choir, creating a fascinating dialogue that shifts between a whispered prayer and dramatic, powerfully expressive climaxes. The uniqueness of this work does not derive solely from the unconventional ensemble, but more significantly from Hochman's sensitive treatment of the melodic phrases, the gradual construction of the dramatic progression and the way in which the distinctive artistic goal is ultimately achieved. The composition of another of Hochman's works, A Voice in the Wilderness for chamber orchestra (2006) was based on a poem by the Israeli poet Nava Semel. The piece creates musically the enchanted and mysterious desert landscape through which the poem's protagonists move. Enriching its unique orchestration, the piece borrows from the world of Mediterranean sounds, leading the listener into a space replete with associations. Hochman's virtuosity as a composer is evident in the multifaceted roles he accords the orchestra, and the way in which he expresses a whole spectrum of moods through it. Among Hochman's dozens of works that have gained acclaim Monologue for solo saxophone (2003), Voice for violin and large ensemble (2004), Slightly Disturbed monodrama for violin, clarinet and cello (2006), and On the Verge of an Abyss for mixed a-cappella choir (2008) are some of Hochman's many works that have been widely acclaimed.

Hochman's music is often commissioned and performed by leading musicians and music institutes throughout the world. It has been played, inter alia, by Ensemble Modern - Frankfurt, Oriol Ensemble, Synergy Ensemble, Musica Nova Ensemble, Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. Hochman's music was also performed at the Heidelberg Biennale for New Music, the Aachen International Choir Biennale, the Israel Music Fest, in a great many different concerts and in Music Academies such as Sibelius (Helsinki), UDK (Berlin), Guildhall (London), Julliard (New York), Rubin (Jerusalem). Hochman's work is supported by funds such as the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Yehoshua Rabinovich Arts Foundation, the Anni-Eisler-Lehmann Foundation, the Ronen Arts Fund, the Zfunot Tarbut Arts Foundation and by private cultural foundations.


Gilad Hochman








Gilad Hochman


Gilad Hochman

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