Avner Finberg is a composer and violinist.
He was classically trained as a violinist from an early age, and only started composing in more recent years. His background as a professional performer influences his compositional style, and his works demand for a high level of musicality and virtuosity in the performer. he wrote music for a wide variety of instruments and ensembles, such as orchestra, chamber ensemble, brass and percussion, film music and songs. His works, while rooted in his classical music background, are also inspired by a wide variety of styles (Including Jazz, Electronic Music, Rock, Ethnic Groups, Street Performers, and many more..).
He feels lucky to have been performed by excellent soloists and ensembles. His music was performed by The Mannes Orchestra, Manhattan school of Music Saxophone Quartet, Meitar Ensemble in Israel and Big Apple Brass Quartet, among other ensembles and soloists.
As a violinist, he performed around the world. He played in The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and The Tel-Aviv Soloists Ensemble in Israel, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra In Germany and Tiroler Ensembles für Neue Musik in Austria. He performs and premieres new works as a soloist on a regular basis.
He did his Bachelor and Master's degree in violin performance in The Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance, where he studied with Hagai Shaham and Roi Shiloach.
His compositions have won several awards, including The Jordan Berk Prize for his Saxophone Quartet, and The Mannes CIRCE award and Orchestra Performance Prize. His piece "Kinah" for chamber ensemble has been chosen to represent Israel in the ISCM New Music Days 2013.
He studied Composition with Menahem Zur and Ari Ben-Shabtai in Jerusalem, with Robert Cuckson in Mannes, and he is currently pursuing a DMA in Manhattan School of Music, where he studies composition with Susan Botti.
Avner Finberg is a member of ASCAP and The Israeli Composer's Guild.