Or Shemesh

Or Shemesh, b. 1981, in Be’er-Sheva, Israel, is currently a post-graduate Meisterschüler student for musical composition at the “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” University for Music and Theater in Leipzig. Shemesh holds an M.A. degree from the University of Arts in Graz and a B.Mus degree from the Tel-Aviv University. He is the winner of diverse prizes and excellency scholarships and his compositions have been performed in different venues in Europe and Israel. Shemesh resides in Berlin since 2013. SInce 2016 He is a scholarship holder and research fellow of ELES.

In his compositions Or Shemesh is constantly seeking new ways to expand the limits of musical grammar by introducing various raw, non-musical, readily found and familiar resonant materials within new musical contexts and to de-familiarize them and activate their potential musicality.

His ongoing interdisciplinary project – The Concertification of Public Space – explores manifestations of socio-political themes in public space by applying Public Art practices to site-specific musical compositions.

July 2019

  • New composition for Soprano and Electronics. ZfGM Festival, Leipzig


  • ACUM’s Mark Kopytman award for an anonymously submitted musical composition
  • Laureate of the the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris
  • The America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship