Orram Agam

Orram Agam Orram Agam was born in Rehovot Israel .
He grew up in Paris France in an artistic family .
At the age of 11 he began studying the piano learning the classical repertoire and began composing at the age of 16 a waltz by the name of Naftasie and another piece by the name of Diableries .
At same time he discovered the music of Iannis Xenakis which he heard on French Radio .
At the age of 18 he moved to the United States where he attended as a composition major the Oberlin Music Conservatory in Ohio . Later he returned to Paris where he attended the class of musical analysis of Claude Ballif at the Paris conservatory of music and also followed a stage at the Ircam . He returned again to the United States to New York City where he spend 11 years and studied there privately with reknown theoritician , pianist , conductor and composer Jacques-Louis
Monod ( harmony , modal counterpoint and analysis ) . There he became a chassid of the Lubavitcher Rebbe . He returned to Israel in 1998 where he attended the Jerusalem Academy of Dance and Music as a composition major studying with Karl Volniansky .
He received a composition prize for an electronic sampler piece called « Spermanence « at the Bourges electronic music Festival that was performed at the Basel Academy of Music Switzerland.
He received a performance of a quintet called « the overflowing soul « at the desert music festival in Sde Boker and later a performance by the Meitar ensemble at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art of the same quintet and a nonet called « Nine « .

His major influence is the study of jewish spiritual values through Chassidus and Kabbalah .
He invented a Kabbalistic game named « The code of creation « which occupied him for 20 years and is sold for now in South Korea .

The music of Henri Dutilleux whom he met in Paris was a major impact on his life .
During his life he met numerous important composers among them Pierre Boulez , John Cage , Tristan Murail , George Benjamin , Milton Babbit , Karlheinz Stockhausen , Iannis Xenakis , Philip Glass .

Maybe like Marcel Proust , he feels that he has to regain the time lost from composition and offer his talent to the world at large !!!