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A Conversation with Israeli Composer Aviya Kopelman

  • The Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St. San Francisco United States (map)
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The twenty-first century composer faces ever-growing challenges in choosing a style that will simultaneously appeal to the contemporary classical audience and draw in new listeners of other genres of music. Aviya Kopelman, who grew up on classical music but is versed in a wide variety of musical traditions, will present some of her works and discuss the dilemmas she faces both as a composer and curator of Israeli music for the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

One of the youngest recipients of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Prize for Composition, Aviya Kopelman creates multi-genre work that combines her diverse musical passions. Her work draws on Biblical texts, modern Israeli poetry, and feminist themes. She has received commissions from the Kronos Quartet, the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, and the Jerusalem Chamber Orchestra. Kopelman has been composer in residence for the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra since 2013 and is currently in residence at UC Berkeley and the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life through the Israel Institute Visiting Artists Program.

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Israel.

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