Omer Barash

Omer Barash (b. 1995, Israel) is a composer currently residing in Vienna, where he is a postgraduate student in electroacoustic composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW). His main compositional interests include the exploration of the sense of movement in music, sound gestures and instrumental gestures, the interrelations between them, and their poetic and performative implications. Barash’s artistic engagements have included collaborations with ensembles such as the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble, Paramirabo (Canada), Meitar (Israel), and Reconsil (Austria), and orchestras such as the McGill Symphony (Canada), the Netanya-Kibbutz (Israel), and the Savaria Symphony (Hungary), among others. He has collaborated with conductors such as Pascal Gallois, Christian Lindberg, and Guy Braunstein 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 (2018-2021). Among Omer Barash’s main teachers are Karlheinz Essl at MDW, Philippe Leroux at McGill University, as well as Yinam Leef and Ari Ben-Shabetai at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.