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Israeli-born Composer, pianist, improviser, conductor, and interdisciplinary artist, Noam Sivan has been featured in venues around North America, Europe, and Asia, including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, Paris’s Salle Cortot, Los Angeles’s Zipper Hall, Royal Conservatories in Brussels and The Hague, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Canada’s Scotia Festival, Chicago Cultural Center, Boston’s Pickman Hall, Ravinia Festival, Jerusalem Theater, and Tel Aviv Museum. Over 50 of his compositions have been performed, including operas, scores for ballet and dance, vocal music, orchestral and chamber works, and evening-long multimedia shows.


Noam Sivan’s compositions include the opera Fruits of Folia produced by the Mannes Opera & Orchestra, Nocturne for Orchestra performed by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, his own Piano Concerto which he premiered in the triple role of soloist, conductor and composer, a String Sextet commissioned by the New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, and The Cabin of Loneliness premiered by Members of the Israel Philharmonic with Thalamus Voices conducted by the composer. His music has also been performed by Anthony McGill, Charles Neidich, Tanja Becker-Bender, Laurie Rubin, Yael Weiss, Hung-Wei Huang, Noah Getz, Jacqueline Leclair, Steven Dibner, Chin Kim, Maya Hartman, Azi Schwartz, Momenta Quartet, Link Ensemble, Tel-Aviv Soloists Chamber Orchestra and Moran Vocal Ensemble, Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble, New York Miniaturist Ensemble, Jerusalem Saxophone Quartet, Piano4, and Fourtissimo Piano Quartet, among others. Choreographers who have created dance works to his music include Idan Sharabi, Adam Hendrickson, Lucy Van Cleef, and Michelle Mola. His music has been broadcast on over 40 radio stations in the U.S. and abroad, featured in a special composer-portrait concert at the Greenwich Arts House, and recorded for the Bridge and Koch labels.


A notable pioneer in the revival of improvisation in the classical music world, Noam Sivan is on the faculties of the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Juilliard School, and Mannes College in New York, where he founded improvisation workshops and produced all-improvisation concerts, including the first-ever such concert in the history of the Curtis Institute. He has given evening-length improvised piano recitals, has conducted orchestral improvisations, and collaborated on multidisciplinary improvisations with musicians, singers, dancers, and actors. In 2013 he became the first musician from North America invited to perform and lecture at the all-European ERASMUS Improvisation Intensive Project in The Netherlands, hosted under the auspices of the European Union.


As a pianist, Noam Sivan performed the Asian premiere of the Viktor Ullmann piano concerto with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach’s Goldberg Variations encored by his live improvisation on the piece for a broadcast on Israeli national TV, and has toured with his solo recital series Chopin and Improvisations. His solo playing of excerpts from sixty different pieces is featured on the iPhone application Chopin Alarm Clock. He has played chamber music at Barge Music, Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y; Ravinia, Kefar Blum, Summertrios and Waterville Valley festivals; Serenata Series in London, Ontario; DeVos Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Pinnacle Series in Scottsdale, Arizona; Stadtinitiative in Vienna, Austria, and other venues.


Noam Sivan was a composer-in-residence at the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival and a guest composer at the University of New Mexico Composers’ Symposium, performing his own music as pianist and conductor, and giving master-classes, workshops and lectures. He has held two week-long residencies at the Aldwell Center for Piano and Musicianship in Jerusalem, teaching piano master-classes and giving improvisation workshops. Other guest presentations and lectures were hosted by the International Keyboard Institute and Festival (IKIF); International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM); Music Theory Society of New York State; Fourth and Fifth International Schenker Symposia; International Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory on Schoenberg; University of Michigan; University of California Los Angeles; State University of New York at Stony Brook; Queens College; Hochstein Music School; the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; and other programs and venues.


Born in Israel (1978), Noam Sivan currently lives in New York City with his wife Maya and their three children. He has received a doctorate from the Juilliard School, as well as previous degrees from Mannes College and from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy for Music and Dance. He is on the faculties of the Curtis Institute, Mannes College, and Juilliard.


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