Omer Klein


Omer Klein

Pianist and Composer

Pianist and Composer Omer’s music has been called “borderless” by the New York Times and “astonishing” by Westdeutsche Zeitung.

Omer grew up in Israel, where he is considered “One of the most fascinating artists that have emerged from this country in the last decade” (City Mouse, Tel Aviv). He studied At the New England Conservatory in Boston with Danilo Perez and continued his studies in New York under Fred Hersch. In New York, he quickly became a notable member of the NYC jazz scene, performing as a bandleader at the city’s prestigious venues, among them “The Blue Note and Jazz” At Lincoln Center.

Today Omer lives in Germany and tours worldwide. He has released 5 albums to great acclaim. In 2013 his 5th album “To the Unknown” was released internationally on the French label “Plus Loin Music”. “To the Unknown” features the Omer Trio with bassist Haggai Cohen Milo and drummer Ziv Ravitz, playing 9 new compositions by Omer. In 2013 the trio concluded four rewarding years, and young drummer Amir Bresler (formerly with Avishai Cohen) became the trio’s regular drummer, replacing Ravitz. “To The Unknown” entered the playlists of TSF Jazz in France, WDR in Germany and Radio 6 in Holland. The release was followed by extensive touring in Europe and Japan.

Omer is also known as a formidable educator. He has given numerous master classes and teaches a yearly course at the Jerusalem Music Centre, in a special program initiated by pianist Murray Perahia.

For the stage, he composed the music for the play “Lemon Tree” at the Schauspielhaus Theater in Düsseldorf, and for the comedy “Popper” at the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv, a play by one of his cultural heroes, the late Hanoch Levin.

Omer is the winner of numerous awards, including the 1st prize at the Jazz Hoeilaart International Competition in Belgium, and the Förderpreis für Music 2013, awarded by the city of Düsseldorf.
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