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Sheriff, Noam

Noam Sheriff (b.1935)

Noam Sheriff was born in Tel-Aviv in 1935. He studied composition andconducting in Tel-Aviv (Paul Ben-Chaim), Berlin (Boris Blacher) andSalzburg (Igor Markevitch) and philosophy at Jerusalem University.

Following the premiere of his work, Festival Prelude, by theIsrael Philharmonic Orchestra under Leonard Bernstein in 1957 he wonseveral prizes in composition and conducting competitions and receivedmany commissions from, among others, the Twelve Cellists of the BerlinPhilharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the IsraelPhilharmonic Orchestra. His works are regularly performed in Israeland all over the world by artists such as Zubin Mehta, PlacidoDomingo,Giulini, Steinberg and others.

In his music one finds an original solution to the fusion between Eastand West, between the musical elements of the ancient Mediterraneancountries and the musical culture of the West.

In 1973 he became the musical director of the Kibbutz ChamberOrchestra which he conducted until 1982.

From 1983 to 1986 he taught orchestration at the CologneMusikhochschule and gave a conducting course at the Mozarteum inSalzburg.

From 1989 to 1995 he was the musical director of the Israel SymphonyOrchestra Rishon-LeZion which performed, under his baton, at theSchleswig-Holstein Music Festival in 1994 and at other Europeanfestivals.

Noam Sheriff regularly conducts his pieces and other pieces of theorchestral repertory all over the world.

From 1963 to 1989 he taught composition and conducting in Tel-Aviv andJerusalem. During those years he also directed many music festivals inIsrael as well as various television and radio programs.

Since 1990 Noam Sheriff has been professor of composition andconducting at Tel-Aviv University's Rubin Academy of Music. Since July1998 he was elected to be the director of this Academy.

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