Nahum Amir

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Israeli born Nahum Amir received his B.Mus from the Rubin Academy of Music (Jerusalem) in theory and composition under Paul Ben-Haim and was subsequently his assistant; M.Sc in theory and composition from Juilliard School under Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions; D.Mus from the Jewish Theological Seminary (New York) under Hugo Weisgall; first prize recipient in the Braemer competition for string quartet composition (1970). Faculty member at Juilliard School until his return to Israel to join the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University (1973) as tenured assistant professor teaching theory and composition until his retirement; music critic of "Ha'aretz", Israel's prominent daily newspaper (1983-1985); Initiator, organizer and moderator of numerous chamber music series aimed at bringing classical music to new audiences (1987-2005); Since 1985 judge and jury chairman in various national composition competitions. Among his works: three string quartets; violin sonata (performed at Carnegie Hall); music for strings (performed by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Israel Chamber Orchestra under Maestro Yoav Talmi; Friday Evening Service for cantor, choir and organ; Brahms-Amir variations and fugue on a theme by Handel.