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Biography
        Matti Kovler, a Russian born Israeli composer, recently a Tanglewood fellow, wrote his first children's opera at the age of 17.  With an original libretto based on Hansel and Gretel, Kovler’s Ami and Tammy combined Bernstein influences with neo-classical allusions and parodies of Soviet operettas. His later influences include “third stream” improvisation, a deep fascination with Janacek and Bartok polymodality, Lutoslawski’s textural approach and the cult writings of the French theatre philosopher Antonin Artaud.

        Matti Kovler’s works have been performed in Israel, Europe and United States. His overture Enosh was premiered in 2002 by the Metropole Orchestra at the Radio Netherlands Hall, Hilversum. In 2005, he was one of 15 aspiringcomposers selected to participate in the 17th Annual ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in Hollywood; during the workshop he conducted the Fox Studio’s Symphony Orchestra. He was the first-prize winner of the J. Dorfman Composers Competition 2007 (Michelstadt, Germany). For his Clarinet Quintet, recorded by clarinetist Shirley Brill and Ariel String Quartet in Jordan Hall, Boston, Matti Kovler received an honorary mention at the ASCAP Morton Gould Awards. Recent works include The Escape of Jonah, an oratorio for Jerusalem Music Centre and Shoresh Nishmat, trio for clarinet, cello and piano, performed in Weill Hall, NY, on theoccasion of Israel’s 60th Celebration.

        Upcoming projects include a clarinet and piano work for the Brillaner Duo (Germany) and a large-scale vocal work for the Osvaldo Golijov and Dawn Upshaw Workshop, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, NY.

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