Israeli composer born 3 January 1978 in Haïfa.
Ofer Pelz studied piano at the Rubin Conservatory in Haifa, and later graduated from the music department of Wizo High School for Arts (1996). In 2002, he began studying at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, graduating with a Master’s degree in composition (with honours) in 2008. He spent the following three years in Paris, during which he studied instrumental and electroacoustic composition with Philippe Leroux, Thierry Blondeau, and Gilles Racot at the Blanc Mesnil Conservatory and the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP). He also participated in the ManiFeste Academy Workshop for Computer Music, led by Mauro Lanza and Philippe Manoury. Pelz is currently enrolled in the music composition doctoral programme at Montreal University, working under the supervision of Ana Sokolovic, Caroline Traube, and Robert Normandeau.
Ofer Pelz’s works have been performed in Israel, Europe, the United States, Canada, and Asia, in venues and festivals such as the Pompidou Centre, Radialsystem V (Berlin), Zeitkunst Festival, Venice Biennale, MATA, Asian Contemporary Music Festival, Israel Music Festival (Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem), the Live@CIRMMT Concert Series (Montreal), Stuttgart Theaterhaus, Jerusalem Music Centre, Nuova Consonanza Festival (Rome), and the Heidelberger Biennale für Neue Musik. His music has notably been performed by Meitar Ensemble, Cairn, Israel Contemporary Players, Ardeo Quartet, El Perro Andaluz, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and Architek Percussion.
Ofer Pelz has worked with several directors and choreographers, including French choreographer François Raffinot.
Prizes and Grants
- 2015, First Prize in the Mark Kopitman Composition Competition.
- 2015, Finalist in the Feeding Music International Composition Competition (Milan).
- 2012, ACUM Prize (Israeli Performers and Artists’ Rights Association) for Rewind (presented anonymously).
- 2010, Ernst Von Siemens grant for Do Bats Eat Cats ?
- 2010, Second Prize in the Asian Contemporary Music Festival Competition (South Korea).
- 2009, First Prize in the Israel Composers’ League Competition for Young Composers.
- 2008, ACUM “Premiere of the Year” Award for Equilibrium.
- 2007, First Prize in the Chana Avni-Yador Composition Competition for Kmatim.
© Ircam-Centre Pompidou, 2016
- Site personnel du compositeur (voir ressources documentaires).
- Solo (excluding voice)
- Prelude for clarinet (2002), 3 mn
- stage Katia solo piano music composed for the stage (2003), 5 mn
- Seifim for viola (2006), 8 mn
- elec stage Kmatim music for cello and tape, composed for a choreography by Shani Zisowitch (2007), 5 mn
- Pnima solo piano music composed for an experimental animated film by K. Srugo (2008), 4 mn
- Unisono for guitar (2008), 5 mn, BabelScores
- 1, 2, 3... for piano (2009), 6 mn
- elec Convergence for flute in G and electronics (2010), 7 mn, BabelScores
- elec Vibrations for violin and live electronics (2011), 5 mn
- elec Etude for Disklavier piano and electronics (2012), 4 mn
- elec Backwards Inductions for prepared and amplified piano (2013-2014), 11 mn, BabelScores
- Modifications for solo clarinet (2015), 3 mn
- Chamber music
- Ainulindale for flute and clarinet (1996), 6 mn
- Six small pieces for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon (1996), 6 mn
- Constant Motion for violin and cello (2003), 8 mn
- Colors in a Fog for violin and cello (2004), 8 mn
- elec No Hay Banda for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, piano and tape (2005), 11 mn
- Grey for violin and piano (2006), 3 mn
- InsideOut for piano, clarinet, violin and cello (2007), 12 mn
- elec Insights music composed for a short film by Diana Keidar, for cello, double bass and tape (2008)
- 2 et Demi for violin, guitar, saxophone and percussion (2009), 5 mn
- Chinese Whispers for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, prepared piano (2013), 11 mn, BabelScores
- elec Shift for three tables, percussion and amplification (2013-2014), 7 mn, BabelScores
- Marchons, marchons for flute, clarinet, piano, violin and cello (2014-2015), 10 mn
- Instrumental ensemble music
- The Other Side of the Story music for symphony orchestra, composed for an animated film by Oryan Ganot-Ventura (2003), 5 mn
- The One I Loved music for symphony orchestra, composed for an animated film in volume by David Basher (2005), 5 mn
- elec Equilibrium for cello, ensemble and electronics (2008), 19 mn, BabelScores
- elec Unisoni Trasparenti for flute, clarinet, bassoon, violin, cello and electronics (2009), 16 mn, BabelScores
- elec Blanc sur Blanc for flute, clarinet, prepared piano and amplified string quartet (2011), 13 mn, BabelScores
- Do Bats Eat Cats? for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano and percussion (2011), 12 mn, BabelScores
- Rewind for 15 instruments (2012-2014), 10 mn
- Climax or Elements for chamber orchestra (2015-2016), 13 mn
- A cappella vocal music
- Moro Lasso for vocal quintet (2006), 9 mn
- Electronic music / fixed media / mechanical musical instruments
- Climax or Elements for chamber orchestra, 13 mn
- Chinese Whispers for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, prepared piano, 11 mn, BabelScores
- elec Etude for Disklavier piano and electronics, 4 mn
- Colors in a Fog for violin and cello, 8 mn
- Prelude for clarinet, 3 mn
- Martin GUERPIN, « Montréal Nouvelles Musiques à l’heure de Tel-Aviv », ResMusica (dans Concert, La Scène), 3/05/2013, http://www.resmusica.com/2013/05/03/montreal-nouvelles-musiques-a-lheure-de-tel-aviv/
- Ofer PELZ, Do Bats Eat Cats, dans « The Israel Contemporary Players, Ajiashvili, Pelz, Zur, Yusupov, Yuhas Yusupov : Memories », The Israel Contemporary Players, Zsolt Nagy : direction, 1 cd ICP, 2012.
- Ofer PELZ, Equilibrium, 1 cd indépendant soutenu par l’ACUM (Association des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique en Israël) et l’ICL (Israel Composer’ s League), 2008.
- Site personnel d’Ofer Pelz, http://oferpelz.com/ (lien vérifié en mars 2016)