"Music is our greatest gift"

Tzvi Avni is one of Israel's foremost composers. 

Initially self-taught, Avni studied in Israel with Paul Ben-Haim and Mordecai Seter, at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center with Vladimir Ussachevsky, and in Tanglewood with Aaron Copland and Lukas Foss. 

Avni has been professor of theory and composition at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance since 1971.

His works include several orchestral pieces, chamber music for various combinations, vocal and choral music, several electronic works, as well as music for ballet, theater, art films, radio plays, etc., many of which are performed around the world by soloists, ensembles and symphony orchestras. 

Avni is the recipient many awards, including the Israel Prize (2001), The Culture Prize of Saarland (1998), The Israel Prime Minister's Prize (1998), the ACUM Prize (1986), The Lieberson Prize, The Engel Prize, The Kuestermeier Prize, The Emet Prize (2015), and, after a 2016 recital at Saarbrüecken music school, Avni was surprised with the honor of having the auditorium hall named after him.