Biography of composer Lior Navok
The music of composer Lior Navok (°1971) has reached the ears of audiences worldwide in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Sydney Opera House, Oper Frankfurt, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper
Berlin, Nuernberg Opera, among others. Curious to explore and collaborate with unique individuals, Navok writes challenging, yet communicative music, which spans the genres of symphonic, chamber and choral music, and appeals to well-seasoned concert goers, performers and broader audiences alike.
Particularly inspired in his writing by the emotional intensity of colour tones and textures, Navok shapes his music much as an artist paints a canvas. Over the years, his interest in the theatrical aspect of music has grown. He uses the power of stories to draw listeners in and create space for new perspectives as a vehicle to explore issues of today’s society.
Navok’s passion for the stage has brought the birth of two operas: The Bet, based on a short story by Anton Chekhov and An Unserem Fluss (By Our River). His fascination with the child’s perspective inspired him to write several works for younger audiences, brought the creation of The Little Mermaid (Andersen) and The Adventures of Pinocchio (Collodi). These works have been performed in several languages, including German, French, Hebrew, Spanish and Korean.
Recent works for children include Brave Little Timmy to an original libretto (in
which the child saves a wolf) and Beauty and the Beast.
An excellent pianist and founding member of the Butterfly Effect Ensemble, he performs live- composition using an array of instruments and techniques. The ensemble specializes in creating live scores for silent films, covering the days of the silent film era up to 1929.
A partial list of awards and fellowships includes: The Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Fromm Music Foundation, Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Award, Israel Prime Minster Award [2002, 2010], America-Israel Cultural Foundation, ACUM, Tanglewood Music Center, Cité Internationale des Arts, Aspen Music Festival and the MacDowell Colony. Navok has released highly acclaimed CDs - most recently a new solo piano album, Inner Landscapes (September 2022).
Navok is the author of a new Children Book entitled Brave Little Timmy.