BY OSNAT NETZER
DR. OSNAT NETZER is a composer, songwriter, pianist, and pedagogue at Harvard University, where she has taught composition, theory, and musicianship since 2013. Osnat was born in Haifa, Israel and studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Mannes College of Music and New England Conservatory. During her time at NEC, she received a grant from the Beebe Foundation that funded both studies in experimental theater at Universität der Künste in Berlin and the completion of her opera The Wondrous Woman Within, which was described as “riotously funny” in The New York Times when its first scene was performed at New York City Opera’s VOX festival in 2012 and “challenging and fascinating” by critic Amir Kidron when it received its premiere in a sold-out run at Tel Aviv’s Cameri Theatre in 2015.
Her compositions have been performed in Israel, France, Germany, Korea, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, and the United States, published by Edition Peters and Earthsongs, and recorded on Bridge Records. Her courses at Harvard are consistently fully subscribed, and she has received multiple awards for teaching excellence.
“Pillars” was commissioned for the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial National Conference by Geoffrey Landman, who premiered the work on 23 March 2014 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with the composer at the piano.