Nadav Amir-Himmel is an awarded composer, arranger, pianist, seaboard player, music director and music educator.
I received an international recognition after winning the first prize in the prestigious Dvorak Composition Competition in 2012. Since then I have earned prizes and scholarships, and my work has been commissioned and performed around the world by a variety of performers, ensembles and orchestras, including “The Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra”, “The Orquesta Sinfonica De Michoacan”, “Excelsis Percussion Quartet”, “Contempo Quartet”, and more. I received Bachelor degrees in Piano and in Composition, a Master degree in Composition and a diploma in Music Technology. I delivered lectures about my work in universities around the world.
People tend to hire me for my creativity; for my vast experience in various fields of music - performing, composing, arranging, music directorship, and thus I have a broader vision on each job I am involved in; and for my excellent human relationship. The endorsements on this site may approve so.
I have composed and arranged classical, jazz, popular and Latin music for a variety of media - orchestras, groups and singers. As a pianist I have performed as a pop pianist in covers, in a jazz band, and also as a classical soloist. The process of working with me depends on the specific project and the client's requirements. Flexibility and dynamism are important, since each project demands different method and approach.
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- The Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra
- Antonin Dvorak The Third
- Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra
- OFIT Philharmonic Orchestra of Toluca
- The Hag Hamahazemer Orchestra
- The Youth Orchestra of Mazzano
- Contempo Quartet
- Excelsis Percussion Quartet
- Maestro Gabriela Diaz Alatriste
- Maestro Miriam Nemcova
- Maestro Sandro Torriani
- Yevgeny Yontov
- Dana Frider
- Rona Lee Shimon
- Erez Regev
- Ziv Zohar Meir
- Flaka Goranci
- Inbal Wassermann
27 ReviewsEndorse Nadav Amir-Himmel
Nadav is an excellent composer and pianist. I first got to know him in 2016 during an international composers program in Shanghai and he impressed me both with the breadth of his musical knowledge and his ability to channel that through his own music. He has a wonderful ability to bring music from different time periods together which always results in exciting and original compositions. I can highly recommend him as both a musician and a composer.
I am a choir conductor and Nadav served as my accompaniment pianist. I was satisfied by his musicality and his pianistic ability. he was always committed and he even learned and played percussions when I needed. We were travelling and performing with him on Choir festival at the Dolomites Mountains. I am looking forward to work with him again and I recommend to anyone who in need of professional, talented pianist to hire Nadav.
Brilliant composer and arranger!
I have worked with Nadav on several occasions, mostly performing his pieces. As former co-principal flutist of the Israeli Opera Orchestra, I have been in contact with many composers, and I can clearly and confidently say that Nadav is an extremely talented and professional musician and composer. Not to mention the very simple fact that he is a gentle and kind person.
I know Nadav as a reliable and goal-focused worker, open-minded and with great creative potential. His musical skills are multiple and allow him to work both in the classical realm as well as in the commercial and popular sphere. I have no doubts about his bright musical future!
Nadav helped me realize my dream and revive my songs, give them a place in the world, and everything in a fun and pleasant atmosphere without compromising on professionalism. The process was collaborative and personalized with an original artistic interpretation that serves the text
It was nice working together and I'm sure there will be more collaborations in the future.
נדב עזר לי להגשים חלום ולהחיות את שירי, לתת להם מקום בעולם, והכל באווירה כיפית ונעימה מבלי להתפשר על מקצועיות. התהליך היה שיתופי ומותאם אישית תוך פרשנות אמנותית מקורית המשרתת את .הטקסט
היה נעים לעבוד יחד ואני בטוח שיהיו שיתופי פעולה נוספים בעתיד.
As one of the producers and a co judge at the Everyday Arias short opera film festival taking place mainly in London, we've had two of Nadav's pieces of Bach meeting Elvis screened at our festival events of autumn 2017 and spring 2019, two brilliant pieces beautifully put together and very cleverly arranged. I'm looking forward to many more.
Talented and profesional musician, great to work with and very creative.
Nadav is an extremely talented pianist and composer. He has recently arranged for me two songs for trio (piano, violin and cello) and for solo piano. His arrangements are wonderful; full of imagination and good taste, witty and fresh, and very enjoyable to perform! My colleagues and I received many compliments for his arrangements.
I feel very lucky to be able to contact him so easily - he is very efficient and doesn’t miss a deadline. Thank you, Nadav!:)
I've been working with Nadav for more than 3 years, and throughout this time he's been nothing but professional!
Nadav is a very talented composer and pianist, with endless creativity and amazing ideas.
I worked on a short musical with him, and was astonished by his professional level, together with his wonderful personality.
Nadav is a professional of the highest quality, very thorough and naturally collaborative. He is also a proficient musician with rare technical prowess. It was a pleasure to work and perform with Nadav.
I've worked with Nadav on several projects and every time he outdid himself.
He's a very talented composer and pianist, and he's professional and kind.
Love working with him and would recommend to anyone!
A responsible and gifted collaborator who stays the course and delivers.
I worked with Nadav Amir Hillel on a musical a year back. Besides being an incredibly talented musician, Nadav had a great attitude and went above and beyond when it came to helping the cast learn the music. He's also a lot of fun to work with!
I worked with Nadav last year and it was a pleasure. He cares about the quality of the work and his effort is apparent, and he's a very talented musician! I look forward to working with him again.
I worked with Nadav on a musical. He was very passionate about the work and his sense of humor and sensitivity for the actors shone through at difficult moments throughout the production period. He is a good friend, listener, and teacher. I learned a lot from him and his ability to adapt.
Nadav is a unique and smart composer and a very talented musician. He is also a cool pianist, I have had the pleasure to gig with him and enjoyed evrry moment.
I had the pleasure of commissioning a piece from Nadav Amir-Himmel. Working with him was such a positive experience, he was full with innovative ideas and was always able to meet my demands in every aspect.
Looking forward to working with him in the future as well.
I had the pleasure of working with Nadav for a long period. His imagination and musicality kept impressing me and he was always committed to the projects. He is a gifted pianist, composer and arranger. As a person - his sensitivity and humor made me like him immediately. I highly recommend to work with him.
I'm a director (and originally a musician) so I know what I want for my projects, and Nadav was very professional, took the projects as a baby of his own just like it was mine, and made sure that I'll be pleased with the result, and he did all of that with a smile and fun environment.
I had the pleasure to work with Nadav, very professional pianist and collaborator. He guided me very well when I acted in a musical. Very pleasant, sensitive, and a great person too! :)
Nadav composed and preformed live all the songs in a short musical I've participated. He was super professional and creative, composing, rehearsing and preforming some amazing music on a very tight schedule. It was a pleasure working with him!
I've had the pleasure to work with Nadav on writing and composing a short musical.
I've seen him compose beautiful pieces in different musical genres in a single night, and then improvise upon these themes effortlessly in a live show. Nadav is a walking musical Encyclopedia - he has a deep foundational understanding of music which is backed by a lot of practical experience.
On the personal side, throughout the long work days Nadav has been a delight with his bright attitude and sense of humor. He is easy to get to like! Would definitely recommend to work with him.
Fantastic composer, pianist and music teacher. Highly recommended.
I have worked with nadav Amir-Himmel on multiple projects. Both as orchestral composer and as a talented arranger.
His sensitivity to my requests was very high, his musical opinion precious as gold and his dedicated approach to his work is absolutely astounding. I will recommend anyone in need of a composition to address him asap
Interview with Nadav Amir-Himmel
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I enjoyed composing a musical piece for orchestra based on paintings by Salvador Dali. I am a great admirer of the painter and his creative ability and composing music in relation to his paintings was a longtime dream of mine. This piece was performed in Italy, Mexico and Prague, took part in competitions (and won in some of them). I was also invited to give lectures about this piece and the relations between Music and Art in prestigious universities like Carngie Mellon, Pittsbutgh.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Few of the projects I am working on at the moment: 1) A recording of children songs I have been commissioned to compose and record by the composer of the lyrics. 2) An Electronic sound production for an Israeli song I re-harmonized and plan to record with a singer. 3) CD of arrangements for various Jewish songs commissioned by the singer.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Stella Gotshtein. She is a wonderful musician and a wonderful person to work with. I always send my pieces to her to have her opinion.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Depends on the project, the client and his/her needs.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: They will join all the clients who have already contributed their opinion about me in Soundbetter.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The ability and the opportunity to create.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much? ;) The price depends on the requirements.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People often have a romantic misconception about art and artists and might not be aware that creating art has to do with a lot of work and artists are mainly people who chose art as their profession.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: To which audience the piece is aiming and which kind of reaction to the piece is expected or wished from the audience.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: My advice is to try to evaluate my professional and creative ability detached from the specific taste of the client. Each project requires its own musical world, which may be discussed and chosen upon a dialogue between us.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Piano, Roland RD-2000, Seaboard Rise, Seaboard Block and Macbook Pro.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have begun playing and composing when I was 9 years old. I have graduated (B.Mus.; M.Mus.) in Piano Playing, Composition and Electronic Music. In 2012 I won 1st prize in the prestigious Dvorak Composition Competition, which was followed by performances, commissions and other competitions around the world. I also have some experience in Hi Tech for Music arranging/teaching/learning. Currently I work as a freelance composer, pianist, arranger and music director in a few projects.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I am influenced by various styles and compose each piece according to its requirements, whether it is Classical, Jazz, World Music, Pop, Rock, Electronic and more.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: ST. Vincent: the electronic atmosphere she writes for her songs is very interesting and convincing.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It is always good to consult others, but in the end it is you who should know the answer.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronic Music, Popular Music, Jazz, Musicals, World, Classical, and Modern Classical;
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Creativity, finding and building surprising solutions to musical challenges.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My deep and creative mind. Since I love and am deeply acquainted with various kinds of music, I may offer various musical solutions and styles. Yet, I may add also that often, when clients give me more freedom, they realize I did things they had not thought of, and are much better than what they have expected.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: This process is flexible and depends on the specific project and the client's needs. Generally, after I understand the client's needs, I prepare sketches, send them to the client and proceed according to his/her feedback until, after few rounds, the client is satisfied.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Seaboard rise, Seaboard Block, Lightpad Block and a looper that enable me to play in various and highly sophisticated manners and styles. These tools with their most exact and efficient technical qualities enable me produce results, which are rich and natural.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My taste in music is very diverse. I adore Bach and I adore Elvis Presley. I also admire ST. Vincent, Saariaho, Radiohead, Stravinsky, Oscar Peterson, Anoushka Shankar and many others in a wide range of genres and styles.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I compose, arrange and record for clients whether it is electronic music, orchestral music, music for bands, ensembles and singers.