Member Composers

Uri Brenner

Uri Brenner

Uri Brener was born in Moscow in 1974, into a musical family (mother – violinist at the opera, father – bassoonist at the former USSR Symphony orchestra under E.Svetlanov). He has received his first piano lessons at age of four and then became a pupil at the Central Music School attached to the P.I. Tschaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow with a focus on piano, bassoon and later composition.

From 1989 to 1991 he was a student at the Gnessin college, Moscow, were he got an advanced training with focus on piano, bassoon and composition with Tatjana Chudova, Yuri Butzko and others.

In 1991 Uri settles in Duesseldorf, Germany, were he continues his studies at the Koeln Hochschule (with a focus on bassoon), at Sweelick Conservatory of Amsterdam with Prof. Dan Manneke (composition) and later at the Robert Schuman Hochschule in a composition class under prof. M.Trojan until 1996 when he settles in Israel.

During this period he was active performing his own compositions (including a Benefice Concert in Palais Wittgenstein and in Schauspielhaus, Duesseldorf); at the same time he made his first experiences in public jazz performance as a member of the "Sunlight Jazz Trio" and joining other groups including big bands and klezmer ensembles. Uri played also as a first bassoonist in the Aachen symphonic student orchestra joining concerts around the country and some major projects, among them "Figaro Hochzeit" in cooperation with the Aachen Opernhaus.

Uri joined courses with prominent composers such as Dieter Delamot, Detlev Glanert and others. He writes music to a short film, "Gib`s auf!" (by Ralf Rueckhauer), numerously shown by German TV (`Premiere` channel), at various Film Festivals around Germany, and also presented at the International Jerusalem Film Festival 1996.
After he moved to Israel, Uri has become a youngest member of the Israeli Composers League and most of his works are being edited by IMC ( Israeli Musical Center) and IMI (Israel Music Institute).

His music has been performed by him and by other musicians in many concerts, festivals and workshops in Israel (Israel Festival, Jerusalem Theatre, Tel-Aviv Art Museum, Einav Centre) and abroad – Germany (Palais Wittgenstein), Australia (Canberra School of music), Switzerland (Auditorium Maximum, Zurich), Czechoslovakia (Music Academy of Prague), USA (Museum of Modern Art, NY), Canada (The “Arts & Letters Club”, Toronto) , Italy (Aula Absidale di Santa Lucia, Bologna), Latvia (“Farinelli Fest” Riga) and Croatia, where Uri has been invited as a special guest at the International Festival of Modern Music, Pula in 2003).
Among performers of his music there are such distinguished musicians and ensembles as Anton Dressler (Italy), Sergey Ostrovsky (USA), Rachel Mercer (Canada), Arkady Shilkloper (Germany/Russia), Gavin Clark (Australia), Burkart Zeller (Germany), Evgenia Epstein (Israel), Marina Minkin (USA-Israel), "Musica Nova"(Israel), "Aviv" quartet (Israel – France), "Continuum" ensemble (NY, USA), New Julliard ensemble(NY, USA) and others.
Uri joins occasionally broadcasts on Israeli classical music channel `Kol HaMusika` presenting his own music, improvisations and the music by other artists, he has also appeared in TV shows. Two CDs with U.Brener`s music have been released ("Music for piano duo"/ The New Stream - series, 2000; "Music from Ein Karem"/ The Composers Series, MFEK 0202, 2003). A piece by Uri for cembalo solo is included in a CD “Harpsichord music by Israely composers” released by Albany Records Ltd. In 2007 (TROY 977). Uri`s piano album, titled "A Walk" recorded by the EnT-T label is being released by the “Helicon” the largest CDs distributor in Israel. (for more info see http://www.uribrener.com or http://ent-t.com/)
Uri is a recipient of several awards among which are "The America-Israel Cultural Fund" scholarship, status of Extraordinary Talented Composer given by the Special Committee of the Israeli Government (1997), `Klon` Prize for Best Young Israeli Composer (2000) and Presidential Scholarship at the Bar-Ilan University (2004), were he finishes his doctoral studies in composition and musicology.
Uri is also 2006 winner of the Israeli Prime Minister prize for composition.

Uri has composed over 50 works in various styles for different instruments and their combinations, including 3 piano sonatas, chamber music, pieces for string and symphony orchestra, Chamber Symphony (1991), “Two Psalms” (1993) for mixed Choir and orchestra, Sinfonia Concertante (2006) for viola and symphony orchestra, Piano Concerto (2006) and others.

While still in Moscow Uri got acquainted with Jewish religious and cultural heritage, and, as a result of several years study in a High Talmudic Seminaries, Uri was in 2004 ordained as a Rabbi.

Since 2003 Uri has dedicated most of his public concert appearances to free improvisation and to crossover music, bringing together elements of classical music, folk and jazz, leading a series of concerts at the Bar-Ilan University under the name "Fujazz" and performing with some renown musicians and artists such as Arkady Shilkloper, Anton Dressler, Shlomo Deshet, Gilad Hildesheim, Emmanuel Halperin, Sergei Ostrovsky, Pavel Vernikov, Arkady Gottesman, Elias Faingersh and many others. On the basis of this activity, he founded in 2004 a group called "Tabula Rasa", which has been performing with a great success around the country including some prestigious Israeli concert halls such as Confederation House in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

In 2005 Uri initiated a project together with Mr. Arkady Shilkloper, a renown jazz horn player, who on this occasion was for the first time visiting Israel as a soloist, during which concerts, broadcasts and recordings in Israel took place in cooperation with the "Tabula Rasa" group.
In the fall 2007 Uri has been invited by Mr. Schilkloper for a joint performance at the London Jazz Festival in the famous Purcell Room ( Southbank Centre, London).

2007 Uri was appointed as a composer in residence of the Israel Sinfonietta orchestra of Beer-Sheva , Israel. The premiere of his Piano Concerto called “Blares Clouds Celebrations” together with the orchestra took place on 27th and 29th October under conduction of Doron Salomon with the composer as a soloist.
Lately Uri has been awarded a prestigious ACUM prize for this piece.

List of main compositions by Uri Brener and their performances

1. Eight preludes (1986-89) for piano; Performances: different concerts in Moscow, in Germany (among them: Duesseldorf Theatre (08.08.95), Palais Wittgenstein (15.05. 96), Haus der Kirche (28.02.98) ("3000 Years Jerusalem") a.o.) and in Israel (among them: Conservatory of Petah-Tikva (26.10.99),Musical Center Blumenthal (Tel-Aviv; 24.04.02), Musical Center Ein Kerem (Jerusalem; 21.04.03), Yad Lebanim Hall, Ashkelon (19.10.03), Yad lebanim Hall, Beer-Sheva 11.04.2000); Cultural Center, Jerusalem (Jewish festival 2003, (15.12.03), Einav Music Center, Tel Aviv (10.01.08)) and more.
Publications: IMC.
Recordings : EnT-T Records ("A Walk" piano album; 2007) (fragment)

2. "Stars Sonata" (1987-99) for piano; Publications: IMC

3. "Catharsis" (Sonata Nr. 1) for piano (Performances: Musical Center Blumenthal (14.06.2000)
(Prize "Klone" receipt ceremony). Publications: IMC

4. "Triptych" ("Silence"-"Discussion"-"Prayer") (Sonata Nr. 2) for piano (Performances: Palais Wittgenstein, Duesseldorf, 15.05.96; Cultural Centre Jerusalem (Jewish festival 2003 (17.12.03)). Publications: IMC

"Aquarelles" (1990-97) for piano.
"For Ingrid" "Eine Kleine Nachtsarabande"
"Trakai Castle" "Enchanted Flame"
"In the Afternoon" "Warm Snow"
"Interlude" "Interlude 2"
Performances: Einav Music Center, Tel Aviv (10.01.08); Conservatory Or Yehuda (17.01.08); Marcus Rosenberg Auditorium, Bar-Ilan university (25.12.07) (fragments)
Publications: IMC.

6. "Aphorismes" (cyclus containing 9 pieces) (1997) for piano.
Publications: IMC.

7. "Reverie" (1998) for piano
Performances: Musical Center Mishkenot Shaananim, Jerusalem (Live broadcast "Youth at the Center" 13.11.98
Publications: IMC.

8. "Au debut et a la fin" for piano solo (1996)

9. "Form, Farbe und Licht" (1995) for piano (Performances: Patrika Hall, Robert Schumann Hochschule Duesseldorf, 04.07.96, Palais Wittgenstein 15.05.96, Henry Crown Hall, Jerusalem Theatre (" Israeli music day" 16.09.99); Musical Center Mishkenot Shaananim, Jerusalem (Live broadcast "Youth at the Center" 13.11.98 (fragments)
Recordings: "Music from Ein Karem" ("The composers series", MFEK 0202, 2003);
Publications: IMC.

10. "Prelude" (1998) for piano; Publications: IMC.

11. "Awareness" (2000) for piano; Publications: IMC.

12. "Rex" (2001) for piano; Publications: IMC.

13. "Scherzo" (1991) for piano (Performances: Palais Wittgenstein, Duesseldorf, 15.05.96); Publications: IMC.

14. "Metamorphosis" (1990) for clarinet solo
Performances: Musical Center Blumenthal, Tel-Aviv 14.06.2000, Prize "Klon" receipt ceremony;
Liewellyn Hall, Canberra School of music, Australia
Publications: IMC.

15. "Three remembrences" (1996) for marimba solo
"Introduction" – "At the Water Edge" – "11 o`clock"
Performances: Palais Wittgenstein, Duesseldorf 15.05.96
Publications: IMC.

16. "Dialogues" (1990 - 97) for bassoon & cello; Publications: IMC.

17. "Five pieces" (1998) for clarinet solo; Publications: IMC.

18. String Quartet No.1 (1990-2006); Publications: IMC.
Performances: Biennale Tel-Aviv Festival 2006; Maximum Auditorium, Zurich "Music an der Eth" series, 10.03.08 KWCMS Music Room Waterloo [57 Young Street West, Waterloo, Canada] - "Aviv" Quartet; 09.03.08 Chamber Music Hamilton Canada – "Aviv" Quartet

19. "Little Wind Quintet" (1991)
Performances: concerts in Moscow, among them: big hall of Gnessin College of music
Publications: IMC.

20. "Equinox" (2000) for 4-10 V-celli (Ossia: for V-cello solo with electronic delay);
Publications: IMC.
Recordings : EnT-T Records ( will be released in 2008)

21. "In den Schneefeldern" (1993) for tenor & piano (text: A.Block); Publications: IMC.

22. "Barren Landscape" (1990) for Tuba & piano
( I. "Deserted Plain" II. Mirage. Illusion of Blossoming Gardens III. "Games of Gigantic Birds" IV. "Deserted Plain Without End or Edge…")
(Performances: Chamber Hall of the Moscow conservatory Pavel Umiarov, tuba, Uri Brener, piano (May 1991));
Publications: IMC.

23. "Piece in Romantic Style" (1989) for V-cello & piano;
Performances: University of Guelph School of Fine Arts; Thursdays at Noon Series - Goldschmidt Room Rachel Mercer, cello / Marianna Humetska, piano Publications: IMC.

24. "Fantasia" (1993) for V-c. & piano (Performances: Palais Wittgenstein, Duesseldorf 15.05.96; Musical Center "Mishkenot Shaananim", Jerusalem, broadcast "Youth at the Center" 13.11.98); Publications: IMC.
Recordings: "Music from Ein Karem" ("The composers series", MFEK 0202, 2003);

25. "Sketches" (1998) ( cyclus containing 6 pieces) for Violin & piano;
(1."Few words pronounced in silence…"; 2."Con Impeto"; 3. "Reverie"; 4."Fall Chant"; 5."Out of Spite" 6."Epilogue")
Publications: IMC.)

26. "Riddles" (1998) for clarinet & piano
Performances: International Festival of modern music, Prague, december 2002 Kamil Dolezal, clarinet / Hanus Barton, piano; M.Rosenberg Concert Hall, University of Bar-Ilan 15.03.04 Anton Dressler, clarinet / Uri Brener, piano; "Musica Insieme contemporanea", Aula Absidale di Santa Lucia, Bologna, Italy 21.03.2007 Anton Dressler, clarinet / Giusseppie Andaloro
Publications: IMC.

27. "Invocation" (2004) for clarinet , saxophone, vibraphone or any other jazz improvising instrument
with piano;
Performances: M.Rosenberg Concert Hall, University of Bar-Ilan 13.03.04, 27.03.04; Anton
Dressler, clarinet / Uri Brener, piano; "Jazz Globe Festival" 2005, Jerusalem 21.12.2005; Kiriat
Tivon Concervatory 28.12.2005 Anton Dressler, clarinet,/ Arkady Shilkloper, horn / Uri Brener,
piano; Dunaevsky music school of music , Moscow 21.02.08 Anton Dressler, clarinet / Uri
Brener, piano

28. "Sacrifice" (1991) for Soprano, Violin & piano (Performances: Palais Wittgenstein, Duesseldorf 15.05.96); Publications: IMC.

29. "Three ballet scenes" (1996) for flute, clarinet, violin, v-cello, marimba & piano
Performances: Palais Wittgenstein,Duesseldorf 15.05.96
Publications: IMC.

30. "Preludium, Fantasia & Fuga" (1993) for flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn,
v-cello, contrabass, timpani & 2 pianos; Publications: IMC.

32. "When stones dream" (1998) for oboe, horn, v-cello & piano
Performances: Musical Center Blumenthal 14.06.2000 (Prize "Klone" receipt ceremony) Gabi Buckovsky, oboe / Michal Mosek, horn, Oleg Stolpner, cello / Uri Brener, piano;
Publications: IMC.

33. "On the other side of sound" (1998) for string quintet & wind quintet
Performances: Tel-Aviv Museum, "Open Stage"- series with "Musica Nova" (1999);
Publications: IMC.

34. "Auka" (2004) for violin, v-cello, clarinet & piano (impressions to the painting by M.K.Ciurlionis); Performances: M.Rosenberg Concert Hall, University of Bar-Ilan , with members of the "Aviv" string quartet Evgenia Epstein (violin), Rachel Mercer (cello), A.Dressler (clarinet) and Uri Brener, piano; 29.03.04
Publications: IMC.

35. " In Memoriam" (1990) for string orchestra & string quintet ;
Publications: IMC.

36. " Lamento" (1990 - second piece from "In Memoriam")
Performances: Chamber orchestra "Laalot" (Conductor-G.Ginzburg) Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin 21.03.99

37. "Tranquility" (symphonic poem) (1989) for big orchestra ;
under impression of the painting by M.C.Ciurlionis
Publications: IMC.

38. "Two Psalms" (1993) for mixed choir & big orchestra; Publications: IMC.

39. "Kammersymphonie" (1990-2002) for string orchestra, flute & clarinet
Performences: Chamber orchestra "Zlilei Ashkelon", Yad lebanim Hall,
Ashkelon 19.10.03
Publications: IMC.

40. "Triptych" (1991) ("Silence"-"Discussion"-"Prayer") / version for Piano trio (2004)
Performance: Music Department of the Bar-Ilan University 13.12.2005 / with
the quartet "Aviv" members Evgenia Epstein and Rachel Mercer; New York Museum of Modern
Art with the members of the New Julliard Ensemble under Joel Sachs 08.07.2007

41. "Triptych" ("Silence"-"Discussion"-"Prayer") / version for clarinet, bassoon and piano (2004)

42. "Au debut et a la fin" / version for piano duo (1999)
Performances: Clermont Hall, Tel-Aviv Music Academy 03.11.99; Conservatory of Kfar Saba 03.11.99; Festival Israel 2004 – "Ink" auditorium, Jerusalem 29.05.04 / piano duo Sivan Silvan – Gil Garburg
Recordings: "Music for piano duo" ("New stream", 2000).
Publications: IMC.

43. "Dialogues" (1990 - 97) / version for violin and cello (2004)
Performances: Matnas Kiriat Tivon 03.12.2005; Music Department of the Bar-Ilan University
13.12.2005 / Duo of the quartet "Aviv" members Evgenia Epstein (violin) and Rachel Mercer (cello)

44. String quartet #2 (1991-2005) / version for string quartet

45. " Barren Landscape" (1990) / version for cello and piano (2004)
( I. "Deserted Plain" II. Mirage. Illusion of Blossoming Gardens"
III. "Games of Gigantic Birds" IV. "Deserted Plain Without End or Edge…")

46. “Departing from Shostakovich station…“ (2004) for piano
Performances: Confederation House, Jerusalem 17.02.05;
"The New Wave" Series – Musica Nova Concert, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art

47. Six Preludes (2005) for piano
(1.Credo 2. Bel m`es quieu chant 3.Cantaben els Ocells 4. “Departing from Shostakovich station“ 5. Reverie 6.Yet to Be)
Recordings: EnT-T Records ("A Walk" piano album; 2007)

48. Sonata for viola and piano (2005)

49. "EXODOS" (2005) for clarinet, horn, violin and piano

50. "Epilogue" for violin solo (1998)

51. "The Act Of Fuga" (2005) for four voices

52. "Movements" (2006) for piano and symphonic band

53. "Vocalise" (2005) for horn and piano

54. "Perelandra Tale" (2006) for clarinet, violin and piano
Performances: 22.08.06 /The Prime minister award receipt ceremony / Rekanati Hall, Tel Aviv Museum Evgenia Epstein (violin), Semion Ositiansky, clarinet, Marina Eretzky, piano
13.02 2007 JCC Manhattan , “A New Wave “ series, Ensemble "Continuum", NY

54a. "Perelandra Tale" (2006) piano version (2007)
Recordings: EnT-T Records ("A Walk" piano album; 2007)

55. Sinfonia Concertante (2006-7) for Viola and symphony orchestra

56. "7-11 and Much Later…" for harpsichord or piano (2006)
( "7 am Prelude" "11 o'clock" "Much Later.." )
Performances : "Etnachta" series , live broadcast from the concert in Henry Crown Hall, Jerusalem, 2006; M.Rosenberg Concert Hall, University of Bar-Ilan 14.12.2006; Einav Music Center, Tel Aviv (10.01.08); Conservatory Or Yehuda (17.01.08); Jazz Globe Festival" 2007, Jerusalem 02.12.2007; Dunaevsky music school of music , Moscow 21.02.08
Recordings: Albany Records; 2007: EnT-T Records ("A Walk" piano album; 2007)

57. "Apology" (2006) electro-acoustic composition in three parts
( I. "Void" II. "Rain" III. "Apology")

58. "Gib`s Auf!" (1995) – music to a short film by Ralf Rueckhauer on the parabola by F.Kafka for symphonic orchestra (recorded by student orchestra of Bochum university with Hans R.Jakulsky
Shown: numerously by the "Premiere" TV channel (Germany) (at least 20 times); at Open-Air- Filmfest Weiterstadt (Germany) and other Film festivals around Germany and beyond, including Jerusalem Internationsal Film Festival 1996.

59. "The Search" (2006 -2007) – piano cyclus
(1.Chaos 2. Hope 3. The Gust 4. Transition 5 Circle 6. Lazy Sun 7. Distant Refrains )
Recordings : EnT-T Records “A Walk" piano album; 2007 (fragments)

60. "Equinox" (2000) version for V-cello solo (2007)
Performances: October 24, 2007 “Arts and Letters Club”, Toronto, Canada
Rachel Mercer, cello
Publications: IMC.

61. “Blares Clouds Celebrations” (Piano Concerto) (2006 - 2007) for piano and symphonic orchestra
Performances: World Premiere 27.10.07 with Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheba with Doron Salomon; Municipal Conservatory of Beer Sheba; 29.10.07 Municipal Conservatory of Beer Sheba; Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheba with Doron Salomon
Publications: IMI (Israeli Music Institute)

62. “Stravinsky Smiles” [in cooperation with Marina Geller] (2008) for accordion, piano and string orchestra
Performances: World Premiere 01.03.08 – Rappoport Auditorium, Haifa w. Tel Aviv Soloists.; 02.03.08 - Rekanati Hall, Tel Aviv Museum; 04.03.08 - Marcus Rosenberg Hall, Music department of Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.

63. “Write for Spring!” (2008) – an original version of the “Stravinsky Smiles” .

64. “The Right of Strings” (2008) (first movement from “Stravinsky Smiles” )

65. The Right of Left” (2008) (last movement from “Stravinsky Smiles” )

66. “Spring quartet” for two violins, viola and cello (2008) in eight movements
(1. One for enO 2. One for the Mountain 3. One for Shuli 4. One for Jenia … and winter 5. One for Rachel 6. One for Serge 7. The Rite of Strings 8. One for No One)

For Brenner's website please click here

11 o'clock, for marimba solo Solo998
7-11 and much later, for Harpsicord or Piano Solo4377a
7-11 and much later, for Harpsicord or Piano Solo4377b
Aphorismes, for piano Solo980
Aquarelles, for piano Solo991
At the Afternoon, for piano Solo984
At the Water, for marimba solo Solo997
Au dèbut et á la fin, for piano Solo993
Au début et à la fin, transcription for two pianos Chamber Music / Ensemble1854
Auka, for Clarinet, Violin, Cello & Piano Chamber Music / Ensemble3632
Awareness, for piano Solo2386
Ballade, for cello and Piano Chamber Music / Ensemble4418
Barren Landscape, for Cello & Piano Chamber Music / Ensemble4370
Barren Landscape, for tuba & piano Chamber Music / Ensemble2443
Brass Quintet, for two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba Chamber Music / Ensemble4388
Cantaben Variations (on a theme by Raimond Llull), for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, trumpet, trombone, harp, percussion and string quintet Chamber Music / Ensemble4380
Capriccio, for Piano Solo4375
Chamber Symphony Chamber Orchestra3160
Chamber Symphony, for Chamber Orchestra (Small orchestra version) Chamber Orchestra4432

City of Mystics, for flute, harp and chamber orchestra Chamber Orchestra, Solo instrument(s) + Orchestra4414
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