Eitan Steinberg


Composer / Professor



“In the Land of Lobengulu, King of Zulu” by Nachum Guttman


“Hymn to the Hyacinth”  by Rebecca Gvilei ( מזמור של יקינתון )


Hebrew, English, German, Italian, and Yiddish

Eitan Steinberg is the Head of Haifa University’s Music Department and the winner of Israel’s 2007 Prime Minister’s Composition Award. He studied at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy (BA), at the Chigiana Academy in Italy (Diploma), and at the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D.). Among his teachers: composers Mark Kopytman, Richard Felciano, Luciano Berio, Peter Maxwell-Davies and Franco Donatoni.

Performers of his music include the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, The Israeli Chamber Orchestra, Israel Contemporary Players, the Israeli Contemporary String Quartet, violist Kim Kashkashian, pianist Sarah Cahill and the Boston Musica Viva ensemble, which recorded a CD of his works.

Steinberg’s collaboration with his wife, vocalist Etty Ben-Zaken, has yielded more than twenty vocal works written for her voice. His music was played, among other venues, in the Israel Festival, the Chamber Music Festival in Upper Galilee, the Kronberg Viola Festival in Germany, the Tel-Aviv International Biennial for Contemporary Music, the Musiktriennale in Koln, Germany, and at the Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall, New York.


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