Composer. Born in Odessa, Ukraine, graduated from the Odessa Conservatory and then moved to Moscow in 1966 and received a PhD from Gnesins Institute in 1971. He was one of the first musicians in the Soviet Union to perform and lecture on Western contemporary music and he began to weave Jewish themes into his compositions. Emigrated to Israel in 1973 for academic freedom and there he became a leader in new music. His music was banned in the Soviet Union until Mikhail Gorbachev's "glasnost" policies finally allowed performance of his works. He was Professor of Composition and Theory at the Israel Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University. Also served as Head of the Composition and Theory Department (1981 to 1985) and as Head the Academy of Music. Was also Music Director of the concert series "20th Century Music", secretary of the Israeli Composers League and founder initiator of "Acoustic 7-11," an independent composers group to introduce the music of foreign avant-garde in Israel. A concert pianist and scholar of the composer Dmitri Shostakovich, his extensive works include music for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, ballet, and opera. He also wrote multi-media staging and educational works and served as Artistic Director of International Festivals of Jewish Art Music. Died from a heart attack in Los Angeles, California, during an intermission after performing at a concert commemorating the centennial of Shostakovich's birth.
Created by: Fred Beisser Record added: Jun 16, 2006
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