“A talented musician, always curious, hard-working, mature, intelligent” (Josef Bardanashvili, a Composer)
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, Nadav 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 RELATIONSHIP among arts. His Baroque Concerto for Piano and Strings Orchestra was performed during this visit by himself as a pianist and a quintet of Strings. During this visit he also delivered a lecture in Carnegie Mellon university, in the class of Professor Leonardo Balada.
Nadav’s piece, “Galatea”, was chosen by the “Sydney Contemporary Orchestra Commissioning Program” to be performed by the Orchestra in 2015.
Nadav’s piece, “Apparition of the Spheres”, Won the second prize in the ‘1° Composition Competition for Youth Orchestra’, in Mazzano, Italy, July 2014.
A chamber version of his piece, Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra, was performed by the ACM members in Chicago, July 2014.
Nadav has been invited to lecture about his music in the 1st Banbury International New Music Festival in August, 2014.
Dr. Bruce Polay, from the Music Department at Knox College, will lecture in his Class about Nadav’s piece “Galatea of the Spheres” during 2014.
Nadav’s piece, “Variations on Mozart K.488 Piano Concerto” won the ‘Soundiff call for Scores’ and will be published and distributed by the label Soundiff.
Nadav’s piece, “Partita for four Vibraphones”, won the “Excelsis Call for Scores” and will be published by the “Bachovich Music Publications”.
The Pianist James Gibson, chose two of Nadav’s pieces, “Variations on Mozart K.488 Piano Concerto” and “Malliz – Toccata” to perform them on his tour in North America and Europe during the 2014-15 season.
Nadav won the Ibla Foundation’s most distinguished composer and a special mention, during 2014.
In 2013 Nadav collaborated with the Mexican composer, Edy Lan. Their arrangement for Manteka was performed by the OFIT Philharmonic Orchestra of Toluca in Mexico.
Nadav was granted the AICF scholarships as a Pianist (2008 – 2010) and as a Composer (2010 – 2014). In 2013-2014 he PARTICIPATED in master classes for Composers, “Contemporary Encounters”, under the guidance of Philippe Leroux.
His compositions have been performed in USA, 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.
Nadav’s composition pieces include compositions for solo musicians, lieds, small ensembles, symphony orchestra, films and also arrangements for various settings. Each of the pieces has its own internal unique world, that relates to musical and non-musical contexts – from Bach’s Baroque music to Elvis Presley, from Oscar Wilde to Salvador Dali. His compositions are not bound to the limitations of a certain genre, but are strictly bound to the wholeness of form and structure. Nadav’s composition Galatea is based on four paintings by Salvador Dali. Creating a work of art in relation to another work of art in a different medium requires a deep involvement in issues of translation of motives, ideas, atmosphere, structure and meaning. Each ‘Painting’ in the composition is based on a musical formula, that is rooted in the essence of the painting and of the musical piece, for example: the music of “Galatea of the Spheres” wishes to express the intricate relations between particles and wholeness and their eternal mutual movement.