The Music of Lior Navok (b. 1971) has been performed by orchestras and ensembles such as the Radio Philharmonie Hannover NDR, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Queensland Orchestra, The Cantata Singers, soloists of Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, The Borromeo Quartet, Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, The Silver-Garburg Piano Duo, Southern Cross Soloists, Akanthus Ensemble Berlin, Ticom Ensemble, Citywinds, PercaDu, Collage New Music, Xanthos Ensemble, Florestan Recital Project, Trio Blu, and various US University wind ensembles. Among the many devoted performers one may find clarinetists Sharon Kam and Chen Halevi, pianists Sarah Bob and Benjamin Hochman, and cellist Anssi Karttunen.

Searching for the mysterious and the passionate, the visually-implied and the poetic, Navok’s music is performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Salle Cortot, and festivals such as Montpellier (France), Tanglewood (USA), Sommerkonzerte (Germany), Interregio (Switzerland), Maracaibo (Venezuela), Heimspiele (Germany) Cape Cod (USA), Out of the Box (Australia), and the Jerusalem Festival. His chamber music has reached concert series such as WDR, SongFest (USA), the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra chamber series, Dresden Days of Contemporary Music, Composers Concordance (USA), and Etnachta (Israel) among many others.
Mr. Navok has received many awards and honors, most recently including the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Award, Israel’s Prime Minister Award, Massachusetts Cultural Council, ALEA III International Composition Competition, Golden Feather Award, CAP Award, and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Grant, among many others. Fellowships and residencies include the Tanglewood Music Center, Cité Internationale des Arts, Aspen Music Festival and the MacDowell Colony. Navok has been commissioned by foundations such as the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Fromm Music Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Opera America, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Jerome Foundation, CICF, AUDI cultural grants, and the Rabinowitch Foundation, as well as many individual sponsors.
Known for his passion to cooperate with artists from other disciplines, Navok has collaborated with the inFlux Dance Company (Switzerland), Noema Dance Works (Germany), visual artists Ling-Wen Tsai and Ohad Meromi, as well as poetry and music improvisations with poet D. Nurkse.
The 2008-2009 season includes premieres of Aurora Borealis (commissioned by the Georgian Chamber Orchestra), and the choreographed version of The Old Photo Box by the influx Dance Company. A new work for wind ensemble will receive its premiere in Frankfurt, and Hope Cycles (commissioned by the Koussevitzky Music Foundation) will receive its European and Israeli premieres. In addition, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra will perform First-Fruits for large orchestra, and The Little Mermaid will be presented 14 times in Australia, including seven performances at the Sydney Opera House.
Released in Summer 2008, The Old Photo Box CD (recorded by pianist Sarah Bob) continues to receive critical acclaims and many radio broadcasts in leading stations such as Bayerischer Rundfunk, NDR, ORF1, WDR, BBC3, WGBH, CBC, and ABC. A live concert of The Old Photo Box was also broadcasted by Mezzo. Navok has released two additional CDs - Hidden Reflections and Meditations Over Shore - "The Music is dreamy and utterly gorgeous" (American Record Guide.) He received his Doctorate and Masters from the New England Conservatory where he studied composing with John Harbison. He also holds bachelor degrees in both composing and orchestral conducting from the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem, and has enjoyed four-eye discussions with composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and George Benjamin.
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