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Ofer Pelz composes music for diverse combinations of instruments and electroacoustic media, he is also an active improviser. He is the co-founder of Whim Ensemble together with Preston Beebe.

He holds a doctorate in Composition from the University of Montreal. Having also studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, as well as at the CNR Blanc Mesnil, CNSM, and IRCAM in Paris.

The work of Ofer Pelz has been recognized by the reception of many international prizes including two ACUM awards and the Ernst Von Siemens Grant. His music is played regularly in festivals such as IRCAM-ManiFesteLa Biennale di VeneziaMATA Festival, Nuova Consonanza, Heidelberger Biennale für Neue Musik, and Cervantino festivalMeitar EnsembleCairn EnsembleArdeo String QuartetThe Israel Contemporary PlayersLe Nouvel Ensemble ModerneQuasar Quartet, Architek Percussion, Geneva Camerata, and Neue Vocalsolisten are among the ensembles that plays Pelz’s music. Pelz has collaborated with several dance choreographers, among them the French choreographer François Raffinot.

(updated June 2019)

B.R.A.H.M.S – Resources IRCAM

Press reviews

“Mr. Pelz’s fluttering “Chinese Whispers” brought the five excellent Meitar players, including the clarinetist Jonathan Hadas and the violinist Moshe Aharonov, together. The end — long seconds of toneless evocation of breathing — was as delicate as music gets.”

Zachary Woolfe, The New-York Times review of the MATA Festival concert 18.4.2013 

“And so it continued, with Mr. Pelz’s “Repetition Blindness,” a restless new piece that shifts from dreamily descending arpeggios to bouts of pummeling chords, at the center of the program”

Anthony Tommasini, The New-York Times Review of David Greilsammer concert at the Crypt Sessions

“The Pelz premiere made an ominously lustrous centerpiece.”

Delarue, New-York Music Daily of David Greilsammer concert at the Crypt Sessions

“C’est dans ce genre de moments que résident l’originalité d’Ofer Pelz : ce qui n’est habituellement qu’un effet sonore devient chez lui matière à musique.

Martin Guerpin, ResMusica, about the Meitar concert at La chapelle Historique, Montreal 30.4.2013

“…It was a pleasure to listen to the sound world that emerged during the piece (Do Bats eat Cats?)…with a delicate taste, humor, and a clear formal perception that is logical and unique.”

Noam Ben-Zeev, Haaretz – review of a concert played by the Israeli contemporary players – Hateiva, Tel-Aviv. (Hebrew) 

“The avant-garde duo of pianist Ofer Pelz and percussionist Preston Beebe just released Pre-Fall, an amalgamation of various experiments in the spontaneous synchronicity of the two performers here. While the recorded output is a fantastic experience in its own right, there is something truly mesmerizing in witnessing such performance being played live, as I had the chance to. Hopefully, you’ll get to do the same, but in the meantime, let this incredible release engulf you whole.”

Dæv Tremblay, Can this even be called music?

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