© Omri Abram 2020
Artwork by Maria Frank Abrams
Born 1986 in Jerusalem, Omri Abram completed his double Bachelor’s degree in composition and piano at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and holds both a Master’s degree and a specialized Master's degree in composition, with distinction, from the Music Academy of Basel, Switzerland, where he studied under the tuition of Erik Oña, as well as a Master’s degree in musicology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
He is a graduate of Meitar Ensemble’s “Tedarim” internship program for outstanding young musicians in contemporary music; has received grants from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for the years 2010-2016; and is a recipient of the Siday Fellowship for Musical Creativity for the years 2015-2017.
His music has been performed on many stages in Israel, Switzerland, Italy, Holland, Germany, Austria, Hungary and the USA by ensembles such as Meitar, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Riot, the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble in New York, the Tel Aviv Wind Quintet, Duo Northeast, Ensemble Lemniscate and others. Festivals and concert series in which Abram's works have been performed include Impuls, Archipel, Zeiträume Basel, Jerusalem International Chamber Music, CEME, Composit, Tzlil Meudcan, Nachtstrom and Attacca. He has participated in various international masterclasses, where he has benefited from the knowledge and artistry of composers Chaya Czernowin, Salvatore Sciarrino, Rebecca Saunders, Pierluigi Billone, Peter Eötvös, Beat Furrer, Enno Poppe and Georges Aperghis, amongst others.
Music, for me, is an immeasurably rich and fascinating phenomenon. Its endless gradations of color and meanings; its multiple manifestations in human cultures; its unfailing potential to surprise and move us—all continue to excite my wonder. I hope to maintain a childish joy and curiosity when creating music—and to arouse such curiosity in others.
The primal experience is central to me. I believe that perception and subjectivity are an important aspect of the listening experience. I see in music an inherent ambiguity, which in turn creates a space for poetics and for differing interpretations—those of the performer and listener alike.
Trained also as a pianist and musicologist, I seek to integrate knowledge and experiences I have gathered in these fields into my compositional process. I draw inspiration from the fascinating Musics created by different peoples; from the performing experience and our expectations of the concert situation; from the physics of sound, and the mysterious and complex ways in which our brain processes sounds; and from the many ways in which humans have ascribed meanings to music over history. Alongside that, my music often draws inspiration from non-musical sources—amongst them visual arts, nature and literature.