Uri Brener

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Uri Brener was born in Moscow in 1974, into a musical family (mother – violinist at the opera, father – bassoonist at the former USSR Symphony orchestra under E.Svetlanov). He has received his first piano lessons at age of four and then became a pupil at the Central Music School attached to the P.I. Tschaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow with a focus on piano, bassoon and later composition. From 1989 to 1991 he was a student at the Gnessin college, Moscow, were he got an advanced training with focus on piano, bassoon and composition with Tatjana Chudova, Yuri Butzko and others. In 1991 Uri settles in Germany, were he continues his studies at the Koeln Hochschule (with a focus on bassoon), at Sweelinck Conservatory of Amsterdam with Prof. Dan Manneke (composition) and later at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in the composition class under prof. M.Trojan until 1996 when he settles in Israel. During this period he was active performing his own; at the same time he made his first experiences in public jazz performance as a member of the ‘Sunlight Jazz Trio’ and joining other groups including big bands and klezmer ensembles. His music has been performed by him and by other musicians in many concerts, festivals and workshops in Israel (Israel Festival, Jerusalem Theatre, Tel-Aviv Art Museum) and abroad – Germany, Australia, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, USA, Canada, Italy, Latvia and Croatia, where Uri has been invited as a special guest at the International Festival of Modern Music, Pula, in 2003). Uri is a recipient of several awards among which are ‘The America-Israel Cultural Fund’ scholarship, `Klon` Prize for Young Israeli Composer (2000), and Presidential Scholarship at the Bar-Ilan University (2004), were he finishes his doctoral studies in composition and musicology. Uri is 2006 winner of the Israeli Prime Minister prize for composition. Uri has composed over 50 works in various styles for different instruments and their combinations, including 3 piano sonatas, chamber music, pieces for string and symphony orchestra, Chamber Symphony (1991), “Two Psalms” (1993) for mixed choir and orchestra, Sinfonia Concertante (2006) for viola and symphony orchestra, Piano Concerto (2006) and others. While still in Moscow Uri got acquainted with Jewish religious and cultural heritage, and, as a result of several years study in a High Talmudic Seminaries, Uri was in 2004 ordained as a Rabbi. 2007 Uri was appointed as a composer in residence of the Symphonietta orchestra of Beer-Sheva , Israel. The premiere of his Piano Concerto called “Blarings Clouds Celebrations” was carried out by the orchestra 27 – 29 October 2007 in Israel with the composer as a soloist.