AVNER FINBERG is an Israeli-American composer and violinist. Born in Tivon, Israel, he started his musical education when he took his first violin lessons with Viola Hacohen. His early Composition lessons were with Yinam Leef and Haim Permont at the Wizo High School for the Arts in Haifa. He majored in Composition and Violin Performance at the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance, and later continued his education in New York City. He studied composition with Menahem Zur and Ari Ben-Shabtai at The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, with Robert Cuckson at Mannes College, and with Susan Botti at Manhattan School of Music. Other teachers include Samuel Adler, Steven Stucky, and Martin Bresnik. He received a DMA in composition from Manhattan School of Music in 2015.
He has received numerous prestigious awards and accolades internationally and his music has been commissioned and performed by various known ensembles and soloists. He represented Israel at the 2013 ISCM New Music Days in Vienna, Austria, and attended the Composers and the Voice workshop in Brooklyn, NY. He was recently composer-inresidence at the Yaddo Artist Colony in Saratoga Springs, NY.
As violinist, he has performed with The Israel Philharmonic, Tel-Aviv Soloists, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, and the Missouri Symphony. He currently lives in Ithaca, NY, and plays in The Ensemble of The Ithaca New Music Collective, The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakesand The Binghamton Philharmonic.