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Omri Kochavi is an Israeli 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 works for the London Symphony Orchestra (as part of the 2023-24 Panufnik Scheme) and the Orchestra of Opera North, a new work for string quartet, and a full-length dance piece with MOŸ MOŸ Collective.
Recently, Omri was commissioned for the 2022 Aldeburgh Festival as a Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, 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 and broadcasted on BBC Radio 3.
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.
Omri is also an active guitarist, and holds a BFA in jazz guitar from The New School (New York). He plays regularly in both jazz and contemporary music contexts, performing his work and others' in venues such as Cafe Oto (London) and Beit Ha'amudim (Tel Aviv) and festivals such as Beat and Beer (Paris).
Omri's work was (or will be) performed internationally by musicians and ensembles such as:
London Symphony Orchestra • EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble • Plus Minus Ensemble • BBC Singers • Orchestra of Opera North • Haifa Symphony Orchestra • PHACE Ensemble • Rothko Collective • Slide Action • Kathryn Williams • Katy Thomson • Trio Mazzolini • Meitar Ensemble • Shiri Coneh • the Israeli Chamber Project • Hagai Yodan
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