Ron Weidberg

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Ron Weidberg (b. 1953), composer, pianist and musicologist (Ph. D.). Studied in Tel-Aviv (with Prof. Leon Schidlowsky) and in the United States. He is currently a professor for composition at the Tel-Aviv Academy of Music. His compositions created during his studies absorb the most of “Darmstadt” tradition (serialism, aleathoric music, etc.). Later (1980) he became perhaps the first young Israeli composer to reject atonality towards a personal style based on new tonality. He wrote four operas: “Dracula” was staged at the Greenwich House Theater, NY (1984); “Waiting for Godot” after Beckett was premiered at the Indiana University Musical Arts Center (1986); “Luischen” after T. Mann was performed in Tel Aviv (1989) while his forth opera, "Die Verwandlung” after F. Kafka has been premiered in September 1996 at Israel’s Akko Festival. He also wrote many songs and music for choir, including a large-scale cantata “The Story of Rabbi Amnon of Mainz” (premiered at Glasgow, Scotland, 1994). His orchestral works include two symphonies, two piano concerti, a violin concerto (recorded with the Piano Concerto No.1 on CD) and “A Symphony Without Surprise” (homage to Haydn) for StrO (1999). Piano compositions include "Luna Park" (suite), Sonata, 3 Sonatinas, 3 Impromptus (Impromptu no. 2 was commissioned as a set piece for the 1988 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition). He wrote chamber music, including the unique "Introduction, Chromatic Fugue and a Circus Polka" for 8 pianos, 32 hands, commissioned by the Jerusalem Festival 1984. Weidberg was awarded with many composition prizes including Israel’s 1991, “Prime-Minister Prize”, Engel Prize 2005 and the ACUM Prize for Life Achievements (Israel, 2006). More information and list of works: http://www.openu.ac.il/Personal_sites/ron-weidberg.html#1