Ohad Ben-Ari

Ohad Ben-Ari is an Israeli born pianist who already performed at age 12 with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. He has won numerous top prizes at international competitions, among them the ARD Competition in Munich and the Arthur Rubinstein Master Competition in Tel Aviv.

As a result, he received many invitations to appear as soloist with orchestras around the world. In 1996 Ohad Ben-Ari headed for the USA and set to work as a music producer specializing in pop and in jazz music. Since 2010, Ohad Ben-Ari re­sides with his family in Berlin, where he con­tin­ues his work as a classical pianist and composer. His partnership of many years with Berlin based violinist Guy Braunstein has been reinstated and the two often record and perform together. Together with Guy Braunstein, Ohad served as an artis­tic di­rec­tor of the music fes­ti­val “Bahn­hof Roland­seck” for 5years. Ohad’s first original composition for piano and or­ches­tra, “Tips”, took place early in 2013 with the Ham­burger Sym­phoniker. In 2014 his con­certo for Marimba was pre­miered in Tokyo and in 2015 Ben-Ari’s composition “Vi­o­lins of Hope” was com­mis­sioned and performed by the Berliner Phil­har­moniker. In the season of 2015, Ben-Ari also appeared as a soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, performing Hans Werner Henze’s epic “Nine Sacred Concertos”. He has recently completed work on a Requiem for organ, choir and orchestra, a work that is set to premiere in Germany next season.


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