Omer Barash

Omer Barash (b. 1995, Israel) is a composer currently based in Paris, where he is a student in the Cursus Program of Composition and Computer Music at IRCAM. His main compositional interests include the exploration of movement and gesture in music, and his work is often inspired by Hebrew texts and traditions and the soundscapes that surround him.

Barash’s artistic engagements have included collaborations with ensembles such as the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble and the McGill Symphony Orchestra, Paramirabo (Canada), Meitar (Israel), and Reconsil (Austria). He has collaborated with musicians such as Pascal Gallois, Guy Braunstein, Keren Motseri, and Brittany Rae as well.

Omer Barash is the recipient of several prizes and awards, most recently the Svoboda Memorial Prize from McGill University (2020), the first prize of the Klon Award for emerging composers from the Israeli Composers League (2019), and merit grants from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (2018-2022).

Barash’s musical education includes studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance with Yinam Leef and Ari Ben-Shabetai, McGill University with Philippe Leroux, and the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts (mdw) with Karlheinz Essl.