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Lior Navok

Biography

Lior Navok (b. 6 September 1971, Tel Aviv) is an Israeli classical composer and conductor.

Navok's music has been performed in the United States, Europe, Israel, and Mexico by orchestras and ensembles including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra. Amongst the awards he has received are those from the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In 2004, he was one of seven composers awarded commissions for new musical works by the Serge Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation.

Curious to explore and collaborate with unique individuals, he writes challenging, yet communicative music. His passion for the stage has brought the birth of two operas: The Bet – based on a short story by Anton Chekhov and An unserem Fluss (By Our River). The latter was commissioned by Oper Frankfurt, to be premiered during the 14/15 season. Navok enjoys expanding the repertoire of symphonic, chamber and choral music, collaborating with orchestras and soloists worldwide.

As an Israeli composer, he has reflected on the holocaust through his oratorio And The Trains Kept Coming… – commissioned by Boston’s Cantata Singers. A special moment for this oratorio was the German premiere that took place at the Nürnberg Opera.

As pianist and founding member of the Butterfly Effect Ensemble, he performs live composition using a wide array of instruments and techniques. The ensemble specializes in creating live scores for silent films, covering the early days of the cinema up to 1929.

Navok’s passion for the children’s world brought the creation of The Little Mermaid – after Andresen and The Adventures of Pinocchio – based on Collodi. These works were already translated to many languages including German, French, Hebrew, Spanish and Korean.

Partial list of awards and fellowships include: Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Fromm Music Foundation, Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Award, Israel Prime Minster Award [2002, 2010], America-Israel Cultural Foundation, ACUM, Tanglewood Music Center, Cité Internationale des Arts, Aspen Music Festival and the MacDowell Colony. Navok has released highly acclaimed CDs, described as “Dreamy and utterly gorgeous” (American Record Guide.)


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