Dr. Karel Volniansky

Dr. Karel Volniansky

Dr. Karel Volniansky

Karel Volniansky (Ph.D.) is a composer and musicologist. Senior lecturer at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

Field of specialization: Composition. Research areas: Music Theory, Contemporary Music, Composition Theory.

He was the Head of the Music Theory, Composition & Conducting Department at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (2014–2017); Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, Canada (2017–18); lectured at Berklee College of Music, Harvard University, The Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory and other venues.

He holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the Herzen State Pedagogical University (RGPU), Saint-Petersburg, Russia; is a graduate in Composition and Music Education from The Rimsky-Korsakov Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia), were he studied composition with prof. Sergei Slonimsky (2000); from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Theory and Composition with prof. Mark Kopytman (1991), and in Performances Arts – Clarinet with prof. Ilan Schul (1989).

Recipient of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Prize (2002) and other prizes including the ACUM Prize for Anonymous Composition for Symphony No.1 (2008); The Tel-Aviv Philharmonic Choir Prize (2004); The Audience Prize in the 1st Seoul International Composer’s Competition (2001); The Klon Prize of the Israel Composers’ League (1995); The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, IBA “Braun-Roger-Siegl” Prize for the Symphonic Composition (1993).

Participated in numerous music festivals in Israel and abroad and his music was conducted by Mendi Rodan; Dan Ettinger; Avner Biron; Doron Salomon; Ronen Borshevsky; Omer Welber; Yian Su; Guy Feder; Barak Tal; Leonti Wolf; Nicholas Carthy (England); Miguel Ramos (Sweden); Pawel Przytocki (Poland); Michail Golikov (Russia) and others

Music includes solo, choral, chamber and symphonic compositions, which were commissioned, performed and recorded by various ensembles, among which are: Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, IBA; Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion; Haifa Symphony Orchestra; Israel Camerata Jerusalem; Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble; Israel Contemporary Music Players; Raanana Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Singers; Jerusalem Oratorio Chamber Choir; Thalamus Vocal Quartet and others.

Two CDs of his music were issued with the support of the Israel Composer's League and the Ministry of Culture (2005), and by the Ein-Kerem Targ Music Center-Jerusalem (2003).

Member of the Israel Composer’s League since 1993 (ICL, board member in 2006-8); the ACUM (The Society of Authors, Composers and Music publishers in Israel) since 1994; the Israel Musicological Society (IMS) since 2006.

Publisher: IMC ("Mali") – Israel Composers' League publishing house.


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