Composer, Conductor, Arranger and Pianist, Ziv Cojocaru (זיו קוז’וקרו) is a multidisciplinary musician, active in the fields of classical, contemporary and popular music. Mr. Cojocaru received his Master degree in Composition (with honors) at the “Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance” studying with Prof. Zvi Avni and Prof. Haim Permont.
Cojocaru also attended Master courses under Composers Fabián Panisello (Spain), Philippe Leroux (France) and Ivan Fedele (Italy). He Completed his Doctoral degree in composition (Ph.D.) at the Bar-Ilan University. Cojocaru has also received his Master degree in Orchestral Conducting (with honors), studying with Dr. Yevgeny Zirlin and attended Master courses under Conductors Fabián Panisello (Spain) and Pierre Andre Valade (France).
As a composer, Ziv Cojocaru has written commissions for various Israeli orchestras and chamber ensembles. His compositions have been preformed at various festivals and venues including the “Euro Classic Festival” in Konzerthaus Berlin, the Arnold Schönberg Center Wien, the “Tonraum 21 – Festival für neue musik” in Minoritensaal – Graz (Austria), the “MATA Festival” in New York, the ISCM – World Music Days Festivals, the ACL Festivals, “Israel Music Festival”, the “Desert Sounds Festival”, the ”Galilee Voice of Music Festival”, the “Spring competitions” and more. The preforming ensembles include the Meitar Ensemble, the Zeitfluss Ensemble (Austria), the Tempera Ensemble, the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Sinfonietta, the Israel Camerata – Jerusalem, the Israel Symphonette-Raanana , the Israel Contemporary String Quartet, and more. His works are published by the Israel Music Center (IMC), and the Israel Music Institute (IMI).
As a conductor, Cojocaru has performed with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Sinfonietta, the Israel Camerata-Jerusalem, the Filarmonica de Stat Botosani (Romania), the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, the NK Orchestra, the Israel Symphonette-Raanana, the Meitar ensemble, the Moran Singers Ensemble, the Jerusalem Academy Orchestra, and more.
As an arranger, Mr. Cojocaru’s works are performed regularly by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, The Israel Sinfonietta, the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble, the Raanana Symphonette, the NK Orchestra, the Tel Aviv Jazz Big Band, the Meitar ensemble, the Tempera ensemble, and more.
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Since 1998, Mr. Cojocaru works regularly on Israel’s most prestigious Stage Productions and appears in Israel’s Best selling Albums as a Producer, Musical Director, Arranger, Conductor, Composer, Pianist and Keyboards player. Mr. Cojocaru has Collaborated with renowned Israeli artists such as: Gidi Gov, Alon Oleartchik, Yehuda Poliker, David Broza, Rami Klienstein, Rita, Yehudit Ravitz, Yoni Rechter, Shlomo Gronich, Eran Zur, Shlomi Shaban, Riki Gal, Yizhar Ashdot, David D’aor, Harel Skaat, Maurice El Medioni, and many many more. Mr. Cojocaru also worked for several Israel’s top rated TV productions.
Ziv Cojocaru is the recipient of the 2015 Prime minister Award for composers, the 2002 ACUM grant for excellence in the fields of Composition & Arrangement, the 2000 TAMUZ award (Israel Music Industry Official Prize) as best instrumental performance in a recorded album, and the 2005-2007 Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance Excellence Scholarships. Dr. Cojocaru is a full-time faculty member of composition and theory at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and serves as a board member at the Israeli Composers’ League (ICL). Cojocaru’s works are often recorded and played on the Israeli Radio.