Composer
2016

Gilad Hochman is widely considered as one of Israel’s most promising emerging composers and an original and innovative voice in the international music scene. He was described as “a rising star in the classical music world” by France 24 and the New York Times stated that “most impressive is Mr. Hochman’s gift for assembling musical gestures that come across as psychologically revealing” while the Israeli Prime Minister’s Prize committee described him as “a fascinating, original and colorful creator”. Maariv concluded – “Hochman writes with a true artist’s hand”. Amongst his many achievements, at 24 years old he became the youngest to win Israel’s prestigious Prime Minister’s Prize for Composers for his artistic work. Notable performances of his compositions include chamber music retrospective concerts in Germany and the Berlin Philharmonie orchestral debut in 2013. In 2015 his orchestral piece “Suspended Reality” was played in a concert tour by the Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva and the Philharmonie der Nationen under conductor Justus Frantz. This piece’s performances included a premiere at the German Parliament and concerts at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Wuppertal’s Stadthalle, Tel Aviv’s Opera House and at six other venues. Other compositions by Hochman have been played in Israel, the U.S. and throughout Europe and in numerous different concert series and festivals worldwide.

Born in Israel in 1982 to an Odessa-native father and a Paris-native mother, Hochman resides in Berlin since 2007. That same year, he graduated with honors from the music academy at Tel Aviv University, where he studied composition under Gil Shohat, as well as musicology and theory under some of Israel’s leading senior musicians.

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