Prime Minister Award for composers, 2008.
Born in Jerusalem. After receiving a diploma in piano and composition from the Rubin Conservatory he enrolled in the Jerusalem Rubin academy of Music. There, he completed a B.Mus. and an Artist Diploma in composition (with Honors). He then pursued a Doctoral degree in composition at McGill University in Montreal. In 2001, Mr. Adler joined the Faculty of Theory and Composition at the Jerusalem Academy, where he teaches various courses on music theory and composition. He served as Head of the composition track of the Cross- Disciplinary music department in the Academy, and a board member of the Israeli Composers' League. He also teaches theory and composition at Hed Music College in Tel Aviv.
Mr. Adler wrote music in various genres, including solo, chamber, vocal and orchestral works. His music was performed in Israel, Canada, the United States,Germany,Finland, England,Czech Republic,Russia,Rumania and Croatia. His works are often recorded and played in the Israeli Radio. He won several awards, including: ACUM Prize for his symphonic piece Crystallization (2003), Fulbright Grant and Dean's Honorary Prize, etc. He was nominated Composer-in-Residence for the McGill Symphony and the McGill Chamber Orchestra. His work "Shades..to Colors" for piano and string quartet was recently performed in the 2005 ISCM World Music Days in Zagreb. Reminiscence for Violin and Piano was recently selected for the 2009 ACL Festival in Korea. Ayal Adler is the Composer-in -Residence for Meitar Ensemble.
A compact disc of his works was sponsored by the Culture Department of the Jerusalem Municipality in 2002, as part of the Jerusalem Artists Series. His music is published by the Israeli Music Institute (IMI) and the Israeli Music Center (IMC).
"There are a few characteristics which reappear through many of my works, such as: formal procedures- one large movement which contains smaller sections, played without a pause; an overall process, presented throughout the course of the music and its perception over time ("dynamic" and "static" time- frequent changes versus immobility and repetition); importance of sound and extensive use of clusters and colouristic effects , and a variety of textures- massive clusters with chromatic inner changes, polyphony and micro-polyphonic techniques, heterophony, etc".