Contemporary classical premiere: From Moscow to Mir to Beersheba

Uri Brener was chosen this year to be the composer-in-residence of the Israeli Sinfonietta Beersheba.

October 25, 2007 13:47
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Contemporary classical premiere: From Moscow to Mir to Beersheba

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Uri Brener was born in 1974 into a musical Moscow family - his mother was a violinist for the opera and his father a bassoonist for the USSR Symphony. He received his first piano lessons at four, later taking on the bassoon, and then composition. During his training he also became interested in his Jewish roots, so upon making aliya with his wife in 1996 - after a detour to study music in Germany and the Netherlands - he spent eight years studying in yeshivas, including Jerusalem's famous Mir Yeshiva. At the same time, Brener became the youngest member of the Israeli Composers' League. Since 2003, he has dedicated most of his concert appearances to improvisation and crossover music, bringing together elements of classical music, folk and jazz. His debut album, A Walk, a delightful solo piano blend of modern and ambient jazz, was released last week by the EnT-T label, with Lior Suliman as producer and Tal Weiss as co-producer. The music on A Walk conjures up a stroll with no particular destination in mind. The album is being distributed by Helicon, and its official premiere will be a solo recital January 3 at Tel Aviv's Einav Music Center. This year Brener was chosen to be the composer-in-residence of the Israel Sinfonietta Beersheba. At this week's opening concert of the Sinfonietta's 35th season, he will solo in the world premiere of his Piano Concerto, subtitled Blares, Clouds, Celebrations. Asked about the title's meaning, Brener says it is a reference to Debussy's Nocturnes, a symphonic triptych for orchestra. But he adds that musically, his piece has almost no connection to Debussy; it's dedicated to Zmira Lutzky, editor and moderator of the Voice of Music radio station's program of the same name. Lutzky found Brener when he was learning in yeshiva, and it is thanks to her repeated invitations to appear on her show that he enjoys an active musical career today. At the Sinfonietta concert, Doron Solomon will be conducting in a program that includes Beethoven's Fifth and the 42nd Psalm by Mendelssohn. In the Mendelssohn piece, Hila Bajo will be the soprano soloist, accompanied by the Ihud Choir. Saturday and Monday, 8:30 p.m., at the Beersheba Municipal Conservatory, (08) 623-1616.

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