Portrait of Israel's leading comtemporary composer

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Ayal Adler

Ayal Adler's compositions range in various genres, from solo, vocal, small and large ensemble, to large orchestra. Adler's works were premiered and performed at International Festivals, such as: the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival and the Jerusalem- Berlin Intonations Festival; International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM); Asian Composers' League (ACL), and more. In November 2019 his work: Alone, I return from the Night ,was premiered with Omer Meir Wellber and the Munich Philharmonic , with sopramo Hila Baggio. His work Resonating Sounds for large orchestra was commissioned and premiered by Daniel Barenboim and the West- Eastern DIVAN Orchestra, at the following venues:  BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall; Lucerne Festival, Salzburg Festival, and Colon Theatre, Buenos Aires. Crystallization, for large orchestra was re-premiered by Zubin Mehta and the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. His works are performed at the United States; Canada; Germany; Austria; Finland; England; Spain; Czech Republic; Russia; Hungary; Croatia; South Korea, and more. In Israel, his music was premiered by: The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Israel Camerata Orchestra Jerusalem; Israel Symphony Orchestra; Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra; Meitar Ensemble; Israel Contemporary Soloists; Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble, etc, under the baton of :Omer Meir Wellber ; Ilan Volkov; Frédéric Chaslin; Pierre- André Valade; Zsolt Nagy, and others.

 Ayal Adler was born in Jerusalem. After receiving a Diploma in Piano and Composition from the Rubin Jerusalem Conservatory, he enrolled at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. There, he completed a B.Mus. and an Artist Diploma in Composition (with Honors). He then pursued a Doctoral degree in Composition at McGill University in Montreal.  Dr. Adler is a full-time, senior lecturer in Composition and Theory at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance since 2001. In recent years, he served in various positions at the Academy, including:  Chairman , Composirion and Conducting Department; Dean of Students; Chair, Student Ethics Committe, and others. He currently serves as the Director of the Israeli Composers' League (ISCM), and in recent years- a member of the Board of Trustees - Prime Minister Composition Award.  

 Ayal Adler received many awards and grants, including First Prize at the International RMN Cllasical Compssition Competition in London for Chase (2018); "Achievement Award of the Year" Acum Award (eqivalent to ASCAP), for Quintet (2012), and an Acum prize for Crystallization (2003); Commissions from the America-Israel Cultural Fund, including a Fulbright Grant for Doctoral Studies: Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund, and others.  Mr. Adler was nominated Composer-in-Residence for the Meitar ensemble from 2006 -2012, and later on became the Ensemble's Advisor. He also serves as Composer-in Residence for the McGill Symphony . Ayal Adler was recently nvited as a guest Jury for International composition competitions such as the Matan Givol Competition in Israel; The Balsys Competition in Lithuania, and others.

Five compact discs containing his works were released in recent years, and a profile album will be released in 2020. His works are regularly published by the Israeli Music Institute (IMI), and the Israeli Music Center (IMC).   Ayal Adler's works are recorded and played on BBC Radio 4; Radio Swiss; Radio France; Israeli Radio Kan HaMusica, and others.