Nadav Amir-Himmel is an award winning composer and pianist. In summer 2012 he was awarded first prize, as well as a special prize for the best free composition and a special prize for the best composition based on models, in the prestigious “International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition”, Prague. In summer 2014 his composition “Galatea” was performed within the same competition in Prague by the “Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra” conducted by Miriam Nemcova. In March, 2013, he was invited to Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, as a guest of honor, to deliver lectures about his music in relation to Salvador Dali’s paintings within a seminar discussing the relatoinship among arts. During this visit he also delivered a lecture in Carnegie Mellon university, in the class of Professor Leonardo Balada. His piece, “Apparition of the Spheres”, Won the second prize in the ‘1° Composition Competition for Youth Orchestra’, in Mazzano, Italy, July 2014. He has been invited to lecture about his music in the 1st Banbury International New Music Festival in August, 2014. His piece, “Variations on Mozart K.488 Piano Concerto” won the ‘Soundiff call for Scores’ and was published and distributed by the label Soundiff. His piece, “Partita for four Vibraphones”, won the “Excelsis Call for Scores” and will be published by the “Bachovich Music Publications”. Nadav’s Partita will be performed in the Nancy Zeltsman Marimba Festival, July 2015. He won the Ibla Foundation’s most distinguished composer and a special mention, during 2014. He was granted the AICF scholarships as a Pianist (2008 – 2010) and as a Composer (2010 – 2015). Nadav won the second prize at the Klon Composition Competition, 2014, and will represent Israel in the ACL Composition Competition. Nadav’s piece, “Apparition of the Spheres” was chosen to be included in the CD “Plastic Notion” (2014) compiled by the institute for Alien Research and themed ‘Avant Garde: Contemporary Classical Music”. His piece, “Galatea”, was chosen and will be performed by the Orquesta Sinfonica De Michoacan in the XXXXVII FIMNME in Mexico City during 2015. He will be in the festival thanks to the funds he got from the Israeli embassy in Mexico. “Galatea”, was chosen by the “Sydney Contemporary Orchestra Commissioning Program” to be performed by the Orchestra in 2018. He got accepted as Icon Arts’s Composer in Residence in 2015.
Nadav’s composition pieces include compositions for solo musicians, lieds, small ensembles, symphony orchestra, films and also arrangements for various settings. His compositions have been performed in USA, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Czech and Israel by many artists.
Nadav was born in 1985 in Israel. He began studying Piano and composition under the guidance of Mr. Arie Hassid and Professor Andre Hajdu. He was granted the status of an out-standing musician during his service in the IDF in the years 2003-2006. During the years 2004 – 2007, he took part in the Tel Hai International Piano Master classes. He completed B.Mus. degrees both in Piano Playing, under the supervision of Professor Emanuel Krasovsky, and in Composition, under the supervision of the composer, Dr. Josef Bardanashvili, in the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel-Aviv University. In 2013 he completed his M. Mus. degree in Composition, under the supervision of Dr. Bardanashvili, in the Jerusalem Academy of Music. In 2013-2014 he participated in master classes for Composers, “Contemporary Encounters”, under the guidance of Philippe Leroux. Currently he works as a free lancer Composer and he is about to begin a Ph.D in the Bar-Ilan University Under the Guidance of Professor Gideon Lewensohn and and Professor Betti Olivero.