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Born in Israel in 1957, Hagar Kadima studied composition with Professor Abel Ehrlich at the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel-Aviv University, where she received her B.A. cum laude in music and philosophy. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in composition at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and attended the 1985 Aspen Music Festival, studying with Luciano Berio, Earl Brawn, Joseph Druckman and Bernard Rands. Ms. Kadima has won a number of prizes and awards, including the Sherill Corwin Award, the ACUM Prize, and the Rostrum competition. She has represented Israel as a composer and scholar in Salzburg (1990), in Warsaw (1992) and in Ireland (1995). Her chamber and orchestral music has been performed and broadcasted in Israel, the US and Europe by leading ensembles such as the Continuum Ensemble (New York), Jane Manning Ensemble (London), the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and others. Kadima is the founder and chairperson of the Israel Women Composers' Forum (2000) as well as a faculty member at Levinsky College of Education in Tel-Aviv.