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Eitan Avitsur

avitsur@mail.biu.ac.il
Eitan Avitsur

Born in Jerusalem, 1941. He started his musical career as a conductor of high school ensembles and as a composer. He completed his professional education at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem and at the Mozarteum of Salzburg where he specialized in advaced conducting. He has conducted all the important orchestras of Israel in concerts, recordings for the Israeli radio and television and for commercial records. He was one of the founders of the Natanya orchestra in 1973, performing with it programs of mainly Israeli contemporary music. He was also the permanent conductor of Tel-Aviv orchestra in the years 1973-76.

Besides his career as a conductor Avitsur is also a well known composer. His list of compositions includes more than 300 works, among them oratorios, cantatas, symphonies, chambre music, background music for about 200 movies and T.V. programs, and arrangements. Most of them have been successfully performed. Many have been commissioned by cultural agencies in Israel and abroad.

He has taught at Bar-Ilan university since 1972 and is now a professor of music in the department of music. In 1990 he founded the Electro-Acoustic Music Program, of which project he is still in charge. He established the Computer Music Laboratory which today is considered the most advanced of its kind in Israel.

In 1987 he was appointed conductor of the Jerusalem Youth Orchestra. Under his guidance the orchestra has achieved a very important role in Israel's musical life, performing educational youth concerts, world premiers of Israeli compositions, recordings for the Israel TV and radio, and various festival concerts, enhancing important official events in Jerusalem. Avitsur toured for many years with his orchestra in Europe and The USA, and many excellent reviews attest to his growing success.

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Compositions:
TitleCategoriesSerialSamples 
Brass Quintet, for horn, 2 trumpets, trombone & tuba Chamber Music / Ensemble, Wind Quintet1920
Divertimento for Winds Chamber Music / Ensemble, Wind Orchestra2164
Grief, for trombone & chamber ensemble Chamber Music / Ensemble, Solo instrument + ensemble2390
Inventions for Flute & Percussions Chamber Music / Ensemble1921
La Blanka Torre, for chamber orchestra Chamber Orchestra349
La Blanka Torre, for symphony orchestra Symphony Orchestra3231
Poema sonoris No. 2, for clarinet, trombone & electric system Chamber Music / Ensemble, Electro-Acoustic2650
Quintet for Woodwind Instruments Chamber Music / Ensemble, Wind Quintet1249
Sonata for Harp & Percussions Chamber Music / Ensemble1919
Sonata for Trumpet & Trombone Chamber Music / Ensemble2788
Suite for Symphonic Band Wind Orchestra2476
The Milky Way by Andre HAJDU, arr. for brass sextet by E. Avitsur Chamber Music / Ensemble1247-ref
Trio for Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Harp Chamber Music / Ensemble2046
Trio for Percussions Chamber Music / Ensemble235
Trio for String Instruments Chamber Music / Ensemble, String Trio435
Trio for Trumpet, Trombone & Percussions Chamber Music / Ensemble1922
Within Thy Gates Jerusalem, Fanfara & Fugue, for brass ensemble Chamber Music / Ensemble, Wind Orchestra1248
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