Omri Kochavi is a composer and guitarist based in London. His work is characterised by drawing its language from a broad range of influences, whilst focusing on the reality of sounds, plants, people, and the interaction between them.

Omri is currently working on new orchestral work for the London Symphony Orchestra (as part of the 2023-24 Panufnik Scheme), a new work for Aestus Quartet, a collaborative multimedia performance with Joanna Ward, and a full-length dance piece with MOŸ MOŸ Collective.

He was commissioned by Britten-Pears Arts for the 2022 Aldeburgh Festival as a Britten-Pears Young Artist, writing a collection of pieces exploring his Iraqi-Jewish heritage, in collaboration with Iraq-born Israeli poet Amira Hess. Amongst them was "Kishtatos", a new choral work for the BBC Singers, later nominated for a 2023 Ivors Classical Award.

Omri has a long-standing relationship with the Orchestra of Opera North. Following "Yam-Yabasha" (2021) that was selected for their Minute Masterpieces call for scores, the orchestra commissioned "moon on mint" (2023), premiered by them last November.

Other works were (or will be) performed internationally by musicians and ensembles such as the EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, Plus Minus Ensemble, Israeli Vocal Ensemble, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Rothko Collective, Slide Action, Kathryn Williams, Katy Thomson, Trio Mazzolini, Meitar Ensemble, Shiri Coneh, the Israeli Chamber Project, Hagai Yodan, amongst others.

He was a 2022-23 Junior Fellow at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, working with Julian Anderson and Laurence Crane, after graduating from his postgraduate degree at The Guildhall in 2022. He has been generously supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Jerusalem Institute for Contemporary Music for his studies.

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