Biography of composer Lior Navok


The music of composer Lior Navok has reached the ears of worldwide audience 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, he writes challenging, yet communicative music. His 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). The latter was commissioned by Oper Frankfurt. Navok enjoys expanding the repertoire of symphonic, chamber and choral music, collaborating with orchestras and soloists worldwide. The 2017/18 season saw already the birth of three new compositions, including DRIPPING MINUTES- FROZEN YEARS, dedicated to violist Tabea Zimmermann, SHIMMER - for worldwide collective of pianists, as well as SIGNALS for percussion ensemble and piano. It also includes the premiere of LIGHT PATHS, commissioned by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. 

As an Israeli contemporary music composer, he has reflected on the holocaust through his oratorio AND THE TRAINS KEPT COMING... – commissioned by Boston’s Cantata Singers. A special moment for this oratorio was the German premiere that took place at the Nürnberg Opera.

As pianist and founding member of the Butterfly Effect Ensemble, he performs live-composition using a wide 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.

Navok’s passion for the children’s world brought the creation of THE LITTLE MERMAID – after Andresen and THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO – based on Collodi. These works were already translated to many languages including German, French, Hebrew, Spanish and Korean.

Partial list of awards and fellowships include: 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, described as “Dreamy and utterly gorgeous” (American Record Guide.)


Lior Navok, composer | contemporary music composer | new music composer