Composer Naftali Schindler is a graduate of the Master of Musical Arts program at the Yale School of Music where he studied with Aaron Jay Kernis, Martin Bresnick, Ezra Laderman, and David Lang. Prior to that, he studied composition and music theory at Boston University, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree. His teachers at BU included Martin Amlin and Theodore Antoniou. He presented his work in master-classes given by Lukas Foss, Samuel Adler, and David Liptak, among others.
Naftali's music has been performed across the world, including performances by Margaret Leng Tan, Steve Parker, Beth Griffith, Alea III, Yale Philharmonia, Pykka Quintet, and the BU Symphony Orchestra (who included his Petrarch Sonnets on the 2006 honors concert). He has been commissioned by Alea III, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, folk re-imagined, Apple Orange Pair, The Travers Siblings, and Christopher Mallett, among others. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and Eliezer Society, and is a recipient of the John Day Jackson and the Rena Greenwald Memorial Prizes and has been featured twice on Fifteen Minutes of Fame.
Naftali strives to incorporate elements from musical traditions from across the globe in his music. He is also an aspiring throat-singer in the Tuvan manner and enjoys performing in gamelan ensembles.