Matan Porat

Israeli pianist and composer

Matan Porat is an Israeli pianist and composer. He has performed in concert with many different partners around the world and has been commissioned to create various works by several artists.

Matan Porat had the opportunity to study under Emanuel Krasovsky, Maria João Pires and Murray Perahia. He has a master's degree from the Juilliard School in New York; he also attended Ruben Seroussi and George Benjamin's composition courses. In 2009, he was winner of the Prime Minister Award for Composers. Among his performed pieces are: Animal Farm (an opera), a Requiem, and a mandolin and orchestra concerto. He created some of his pieces during festivals (Montpellier, Schleswig-Holstein, Menuhin de Gstaad).

As a pianist, Porat’s repertoire spans from the Goldberg Variations by Bach to the Concord Sonata by Charles Ives. He has played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as with chamber ensembles, for example the Modigliani Quartet. Porat performed at the Carnegie Hall (New York), at the Barbican (London), at the Louvre (Paris), at the Alte Oper (Frankfurt)… In 2013-2014, he also played in concert at the Berliner Philharmonie and the Salle Gaveau in Paris.

Six landmark dates in the life of Matan Porat

2009: won the Prime Minister Award as a composer

2010-11: piano accompaniments for Peter Brook's The Magic Flute by Mozart

2011: Porat won the ECHO award for his piece recorded by David Orlowsky, “Lux Aeterna”

2012: recording of one of his works for piano, “Whaam!”, by David Greilsammer

2013: first recording as a piano soloist, “Variations on a theme by Scarlatti” (Mirare)

2014: recital at the Berliner Philharmonie 

Six key works by Matan Porat

2002: Concerto for violin and horn

2007: Animal Farm, a one-act chamber opera for seven singers and twelve musicians

2009: Lux aeterna, for clarinet and choir

2009: Madrigals for solo mandolin and string orchestra

2010: Shooting an elephant, for actor and septet, based on an essay by George Orwell

2011: Requiem for 5 musicians round a piano

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