Karel Volniansky

Karel Volniansky (1965) was born in St.-Petersburg, Russia. At the age of ten he began his music studies. In 1978 his family immigrated to Israel, where he continued his music studies at the The Jerusalem Rubin Academy College, which were accompanied by scholarships of Keren-Sharet American-Israeli Foundation.

He holds a degree from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Clarinet with Prof. Ilan Shul (B.Mus:1989), Theory and Composition with Prof. Mark Kopytman (B.Mus:1991), and Diploma in Composition and Music Education from S.-Petersburg State Conservatory named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov, Russia, where he studied with Prof. Sergei Slonimsky (M.A.Mus:2000). Recently, he is studying towards PhD at the Musicology Department of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Volniansky is one of the active Israeli composers. His music includes Choral, Chamber and Symphonic compositions, which were commissioned and perfromed by various perfroming groups like: Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion; Jerusalem Symphony Orch., IBA; Philharmonic Singers; Israel Contemporary Players; Jerusalem Academy of Musicand Dance; and others.
His music was conducted by maestro Mendi Rodan; Dan Ettinger; Ronen Borshevsky; Leonti Wolf, Nicklas Carthy (England); Miguel Ramos (Sweden), and recordings were made by IBA in halls like: Henry Crown Hall of The Jerusalem Theatre; Mishkenot Sheananim Music Center in Jerusalem, and Tel-Aviv Museum.

He participated in several festivals in Israel and abroad, including: The Israel Festival (1993); The Israeli Music Celebration (2003); The 10th “Sound Ways” (1999) and the 36th (2000), 41th (2005) “Music Spring” International Festivals in S.-Petersburg, Russia; Kiev International Festival (1994) and others.

He is a winner of the Prime-Minister Prize for an Israeli Composer (2002), and other composition prizes, including: Tel-Aviv Philharmonic Choir Prize (2004); Audience Prize in the 1st Seoul International Composer’s Competition (2001); "Klon Prize" of the Israel Composers’ League (1995); “Braun-Roger-Siegl Prize” for symphonic piece (1993).

Volniansky considers himself a Jerusalem composer. In his series Jerusalem Soundscapes, he dedicates his pieces to Jerusalem. One of other directions of his creative work is a series of Elegies (Lamentations) on biblical and other subjects.
In 2005, his Elegy #5: Lamentation for Auschwitz written after poem by Itzhak Hafouta (Hofi) which was chosen for a performance on a special ceremony dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Auschwitz concentration camp liberation. It was performed by the Israel Philharmonic Singers (The Israel Philharmonic Choir) under maestro Ronen Borshevsky eve of The Holocoust Day (4th May 2005) in Krakov, Poland in presence of about eight thousand people and broadcasted live by Educational channel of the Israeli Television.

His music is being published by "Mali" – Israel Composers' League publishing house.
In 2003, a CD of his chamber music was issued by Ein-Kerem Targ Music Center-Jerusalem and this year a CD of his symphonic and chamber music is being released with the support of Israel Composer's League.
Member of the Israel Composer’s League since 1993 and the ACUM since 1994.

Contact address:
POB 39170
Jerusalem 91391
TEL: 972-544-792390 m


Agnus Dei, choral, op. 33, for Mixed Choir in four voices or four soloists Choir3474 Details
Ave Maria, op. 28, for chamber mixed choir a cappella (full version) Choir3397 Details
Ave Maria, op. 28a, for chamber mixed choir a cappella (short version) Choir3470 Details
Cantate Domino, for male quartet (contra-tenor, 2 tenors, bass) arr. for chamber mixed choir Choir3476 Details
Elegy No.2 on Psalm 51(50): Miserere mei, Deus..., for string trio Chamber Music / Ensemble, String Trio3472 Details
Hadibuk, op. 12, for piano Solo3471 Details
Intermezzo – Homage to J. Brahms, op. 32, for symphony orchestra Symphony Orchestra3415 Details
Jerusalem Sirens and Echoes, for 13 players Chamber Music / Ensemble3390 Details
Lamentations of Jeremiah, for cello solo Solo671 Details
Lauda Jerusalem, for large mixed choir & piano Choir3473  MP3 Details
Legend, op. 4, for large chamber ensemble Chamber Music / Ensemble, Solo voice(s), Voice and ensemble, Vocal3480 Details
Les Fleurs, op. 9, Vocalise for Sopran, Alto & Piano Chamber Music / Ensemble, Solo voice(s), Vocal3483 Details
Ode, op. 10, for horn & 2 pianos Chamber Music / Ensemble3481 Details
Romance, op. 7, for piano Solo3482 Details
Sonata for Piano Solo Solo669 Details
Sonatina for Viola & Harpsichord Chamber Music / Ensemble500 Details
Symphony #1 for symphony orchestra Symphony Orchestra3943  MP3 Details
The Day After, symphonic poem, for symphony orchestra Symphony Orchestra501  MP3 Details
Three Preludes to Yoon Yu-Jung, op. 24, for piano Solo3475 Click to View Details
Three Psalms, op. 27, for large mixed choir Choir3485 Details
Triumph, op. 20, for large symphony orchestra Symphony Orchestra3479 Details