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"Haunting, rhythmically Agile” Telegraph

Jonathan Keren

Composer & Performer

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Compositions:

Septet
2002
for Flute, Oboe, Trombone, Piano, Violin, Viola and Double-bass
Multiscala2007
for Mandolin and String Quartet
Three Debkas 2000
for Piano Trio
Lanke Trr Gll 2012
for Soprano, Oboe, Clarinet, Piano, Violin and Cello
Krekhzando 2010
for Violin and Piano
The Silence of the Sirens
2008
The Silence of the Sirens 2008
for Narrator, Clarinet, Piano and Chamber Orchestra
Suite Bardakesque
1nd movement
2004
for Solo Piano
Suite Bardakesque
2nd movement
2004
for Solo Piano
ClariNez 2005
For Solo Clarinet

Baroque Violin

Marin Marais 2014
Sonnerie
Bach 
Violin Sonata in G Major
Haydn Rondo
Castello  
Sonata Seconda
Buxtehude
Trio Sonata Op. 2 No. 3

Folk

Klezmer 
2010
Violin Solo
Roberto Rodriguez
Nelchael
Black Velvet 
Jonathan's live 2013

Classical Music

Ravel 
 Duo for Violin and Cello- 4th movement 
In Memoriam
Yiddish Tango 
Hindemith
Scherzo for Viola and Cello 
Gideon Klein Duo 

In Between

DissoNuance  
 play Scarlatti
64 Things Show 
Marais: Le Badinage
64 Things Show 
 Telemann Duet 

Biography

Jonathan Keren is an Israeli award-winning composer and versatile performer.

Keren is an award-winner from the Koussevitzky Foundation at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC (2007), Prime Minister's prize in Composition (2012) and AKUM's “Achievement of The Year in Composition” prize in Israel (2011), a recipient of ASCAP’s Young Composers’ Award prize (2004) and scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation in violin and composition  (1997-2003).

"Shifts between states of sublime mysticism & catastrophic wildness"
New York Times Online

Jonathan is a graduate with a Bachelor's and Master’s degree in composition from The Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Milton Babbit (2004-2006) and Samuel Adler (2000-2004).
Mr. Keren's works have been widely performed in Europe, the US and the Far East; at Carnegie’s Weill Hall; Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall and the Rose Theatre at Jazz in Lincoln Center in New York; the Louvre Museum in Paris; The Berlin Philharmonie Hall; The Juilliard School and New England Conservatory; Contemporary Music Festival at Tanglewood; The Tel-Aviv Museum and Opera House, Jerusalem Music Center and Henry Crown Hall in Israel.

His music has been performed by such artists as cellists Lynn Harrell; Violist Samuel Rhodes of the Juilliard String Quartet;  Violinist Guy Braunstein; Mandolinist Avi Avital; pianists James Tocco, Steven Beck, Matan Porat and David Greilsammer; Percadu; the Tel-Aviv Trio;  Geneva Chamber Orchestra; Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Israeli Chamber Orchestra; String Orchestra of New York City and The Tel Aviv Soloists; Fifth-House Ensemble Chicago; Shuffle Concert; The New Juilliard Ensemble, Kaprizma Ensemble, Israeli Contemporary Players, Meitar Ensemble, The Israeli Chamber Project, and the Fountain Chamber Music Society, of which he was the Composer in Residence (2001-2007).
Jonathan is a winner of the New Juilliard Ensemble competition (2003) and he represented Israel in the ACL (Asian Composers League) young composers’ competition in Tokyo, Japan, 2004. In 2005 Keren was chosen to compose the mandatory contemporary pieces for the Spring Competition in Israel in the wind category.

Other commissions have included The Fountain Ensemble, the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Jerusalem Music Center, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, pianist David Greilsammer, the Israeli embassy in Denmark and the prestigious Keshet-Eilon violin mastercourse. Upcoming performances include a new Electric-Cello Concerto for cellist Johannes Moser and the Geneva Camerata.
Keren's latest piano piece, "Fantaisie, mais 2 Fantastrophes" was released with the European label Naïve.   Jonathan began his studies as a violinist with Mr. Chaim Taub (1993-1998). During the course of his military service (1996-1999) as a member of the “outstanding musicians” unit he arranged more than 50 pieces for chamber and vocal ensembles, all of which were performed by military bands and the Israel Defense Force Education Corps Orchestra, as well as in concert halls. Following his service he studied composition with Mr. Reuben Serroussi (1999-2000).

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 In 2000 he moved to New York to pursue his academic studies at The Juilliard School. In 2011 Keren has returned to Israel with his wife, violinist Cordelia Hagmann and his daughter. Mr. Keren has performed with a number of classical, early music, jazz and folk music groups, including La Mela Di Newton Baroque Trio (2006-2011) and Sexteto Rodriguez (Cuban-Jewish Music, 2005-2011). Today Keren performs regularly as a chamber musician on violin and viola, and plays contemporary music with Meitar Ensemble on viola, his new trio Trivalazzia on Baroque violin, and with The Ottomans (Turkish Music) on violin. He has performed in various venues, among them Alice Tully Hall and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the opera house in Tel-Aviv and Teatro Comunale Modena in Italy.

Works

Orchestra and Large Ensemble Works

Seven Other Places

2010
for Duo Percussion and String Orchestra

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On The Bridge Of Words

2008
for Narrator, Clarinet, Piano and Chamber Orchestra

Intrada, after Mozart

2003
for Orchestra

In This House Franz Kafka Was Born

2003
for Cello and Chamber Ensemble 

Concertino

2001
for Violin and Chamber Orchestra

String Quartets

Twelve Perpetual Interval Canons 

2014

Four Canon Etudes

2002

Hora

1999

Hungary Is Far Away

2008
for Clarinet, Horn and String Trio

Music for Large Mixed Ensembles

Diary of a Madman

2011
for Actor and Nine Players

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Three Musicians

2008
for Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Percussion, Guitar, Viola and Cello

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Septet 

2002
for Flute, Oboe, Trombone, Piano, Violin, Viola and Double-bass

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Fountain Music, after C.P.E. Bach

2001
for Oboe, 2 Violins, 2 Violas, Cello and Harpsichord

Duos

Twelve Perpetual Interval Canons 

2012
for Cello and Piano

Krekhtzando 

2010
for Violin and Piano

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To Illusory Brick Walls

2002
for Violin and Harp

Intervals

1998
for Violin and Cello

Vocal Works

Lanke Trr Gll

2012
for Soprano, Oboe, Clarinet, Piano, Violin and Cello

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Three Ladino Songs

2008
for Soprano, Guitar and Violin

Ode to Some Yellow Flowers

2005
for Alto, Bass-Clarinet, Harp and Double-bass 

Muranow Guruge

2001
for Bass voice and Cello

Other Works

The Cat in The Hat

2006
for piano trio and narrator

Piano Trios
(piano, violin, cello)

Hommage to J.S.Bach

2010

My Beloved is White and Ruddy

2004

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Four Scandinavian Folk Tunes

2004

Passagaclia

2000

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Three Debkas
(Mid-Eastern folk dances)

2000

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Other Trios

Three Miniatures 

1999
for Flute, Guitar and Viola

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Music for Small Mixed Ensembles

Infracta

2014
for Clarinet and String Trio

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If a Bell Were I

 2011
for Wind Quintet

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Hungary Is Far Away

2008
for Clarinet, Horn and String Trio

MultiScala

2007 
for Mandolin and String Quartet 

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Klezmer Fantasy

2006
for Clarinet and String Quartet

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Musik mit CLASHarmonica 

2006
for Glassharmonica and String Quartet
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Techouf Oumori

2004
for Clarinet and String Quartet

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Solo Works

Motet

2012
for Solo Piano

Fantaisie, mais deux fantastrophes

2007
for Solo Piano

Aria

2006
for Solo Piano

Four Miniatures

 2005
for Solo Flute  

Six Fantastrophes

2005
for Bassoon Unaccompanied

Clarinez

2005
for solo Clarinet

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Passacaglia

2005
for Solo Oboe

Suite Bardakesque

2004
for Solo Piano

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Various Projects

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Schedule

September 13, 2014

"Les Solistes a Bagatelle" festival, Paris. Clarinetist Gilad Harel performs Jonathan Keren's ClariNez for solo Clarinet.

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September 13, 2014, 8pm

Canal Walk Community, Somerset, NJ Shuffle Concert performs various arrangements for chamber ensemble by Jonathan Keren.

September 14, 2014, 2pm

West End Collegiate Church, NYC Shuffle Concert performs various arrangements for chamber ensemble by Jonathan Keren.

October 11, 2014, 11am

Régie Naef, Geneva Jonathan Keren, violin, with soloists of the Geneva Camerata

October 12, 2014, 4pm

Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève Jonathan Keren, violin, with soloists of the Geneva Camerata

October 13, 2014, 7:30pm

Comedie De Geneve Jonathan Keren, violin, with soloists of the Geneva Camerata

October 15, 2014, 7:30pm

Kammermusiksaal Plathnerstrasse, Hannover Conservatory of Music Trivalazzia: Jonathan Keren, Baroque Violin; Ira Givol, Baroque Cello and Viola Da Gamba; Zvi Meniker, Harpsichord and Fortepiano. link

October 19, 2pm

Grass Valley, CA InConcert Sierra Israeli Chamber Project featuring Samuel Rhodes (Juilliard String Quartet) perform Jonathan Keren's Infracta for Clarinet and String Trio (US Premiere). link

October 22, 2014, 7:30pm

Jewish Theological Seminary, NYC Israeli Chamber Project featuring Samuel Rhodes (Juilliard String Quartet) perform Jonathan Keren's Infracta for Clarinet and String Trio. jtsa.edu

October 23, 2014, 7:30

Merkin Concert Hall, NYC Israeli Chamber Project (LINK) featuring Samuel Rhodes (Juilliard String Quartet) perform Jonathan Keren's Infracta for Clarinet and String Trio.link

October 17-26, 2014.

Shuffle Concert Israel Tour Performance of various arrangements by Jonathan Keren for chamber ensemble.

17.10.2014 9pm
Mishmar HaEmek
18.10.2014 11am

the Tikotin Museum, Haifa

19.10.2014 8pm

Beit Protea, Herzlia

20.10.2014 8pm

the Felicja Blumenthal Music Center, Tel Aviv

21.10.2014 8pm

the Felicja Blumenthal Music Center, Tel Aviv

22.10.2014 7:30pm

Raanana Music Center

24.10.2014 9:30pm

Macabim

25.10.2014 10:30am

Ein HaShofet

25.10.2014 6pm

Maabarot

26.10.2014 8pm

Brigham Young University, Jerusalem

October 27, 2014, 8:30

Shafa Bar, Jaffa, Israel Jonathan Keren, violin, with Harel Shachal (Turkish clarinet) and the Ottomans. Turkish music.

November 4, 2014, 8:30

Tel Aviv Opera House. The Revolution Orchestra. Jonathan Keren, violin

November 8, 2014, 10:30pm

Tel Aviv Museum, Israeli Gallery Tel Aviv Piano Festival. With Eldad Zitrin and Irit Dekel

November 11, 2014, 8:30pm

Israeli Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv. The Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, Jonathan Keren, Baroque Violin.

November 13, 2014, 8:30pm

YMCA, Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, Jonathan Keren, Baroque Violin.

November 16, 2014, 3pm

Church of the Messiah, Rhinebeck NY Shuffle Concert performs various arrangements for chamber ensemble by Jonathan Keren.

November 17, 2014, 8:30pm

Shafa Bar, Jaffa, Israel Jonathan Keren, violin, with Harel Shachal (Turkish clarinet) and the Ottomans. Turkish music.

November 22, 2014, 8:30

Machsan 2, Jaffa A performance of Julia Wolfe's Dig Deep, with choreography by Arkadi Ziades. Jonathan Keren, Violin

November 25, 2014, 8:30

Tel Aviv Museum World Premiere of Jonathan Keren's Overture and Air for Chamber Orchestra. David Greilsammer conducts the Israeli Chamber Orchestra

November 26, 2014, 8:30

Tel Aviv Museum Jonathan Keren: Overture and Air for Chamber Orchestra. David Greilsammer conducts the Israeli Chamber Orchestra

December 5, 2014, 8:30pm

Suzan Dalal Center, Tel-Aviv A performance of Julia Wolfe's Dig Deep, with choreography by Arkadi Ziades. Jonathan Keren, Violin

December 13, 2014, 11am

The Catholic Church or Mar Elias, Haifa, Israel. Jonathan Keren, Baroque Violin, with Ensemble Phoenix

December 14, 2014, 8:30pm

St. Peter's Church, Haifa, Israel. Jonathan Keren, Baroque Violin, with Ensemble Phoenix

December 16, 2014, 8:30pm

Christ Church, Old City, Jerusalem. Jonathan Keren, Baroque Violin, with Ensemble Phoenix

February 24, 2015, 5pm

Jerusalem Music Center Meitar Ensemble performs Jonathan Keren's Three Musicians (after Picasso) for Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Guitar, Vibraphone, Viola and Cello.

February 27, 2015, 8pm

Alma Center, Zichron-Yaakov, Israel Jonathan Keren's Diary of a Madman (after Gogol) for Actor and Chamber Ensemble. Itay Tiran, actor and director; Daniel Cohen, Conductor and musical director; Gropius Ensemble (Featuring Jonathan Keren on violin and keyboard).

February 28, 2015, 8pm

Alma Center, Zichron-Yaakov, Israel Jonathan Keren's Diary of a Madman after Gogol) for Actor and Chamber Ensemble. Itay Tiran, actor and director; Daniel Cohen, Conductor and musical director; Gropius Ensemble (Featuring Jonathan Keren on violin and keyboard).

March 26, 2015, 8pm

Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, Geneva World Premier of Jonathan Keren's Concerto for electric Cello and orchestra. Johannes Moser, Cello; David Greilsammer, conducter; Geneva Camerata.

March 28, 2015, 8pm

Aula Magna - La Sapienza , Rome Jonathan Keren, violin and viola, with soloists of the Geneva Camerata (LINK)

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