BIOGRAPHY

Nadav Ben-ozer is an Israeli-American woodwind player, arranger, and composer, based in Boston, Massachusetts.  

Growing up listening to many different genres, such as classical, Jazz, rock, latin, Jewish folk and more, Nadav is constantly looking to fuse his artistic inspirations in order to create fresh and exciting music.

     He has performed and recorded as a leader and as a sideman with a wide variety of ensembles, including the Thelma-Yellin Big Band, Musica Nova Contemporary Music Ensemble, The Israeli Conservatory Saxophone Quartet, The Raananá Symphonette Orchestra, and many more. Some of the venues at which he has performed include the Red Sea Jazz Festival, The National Theatre of Israel, and the Berklee Performance Center. He also doubles on flute and clarinet, which he has played on many occasions, such as the Royal Caribbean International production of the play Chicago, and many other recordings and theater productions.

     As a composer and arranger, Nadav has written pieces for solo instruments, small groups, orchestras and big bands, as well as a short original piece that was performed by the Israeli Chamber Orchestra in June 2015. He is the winner of the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation Woodwind Scholarship for 2004-2008, The Israeli Conservatory Excel Scholarship, The Rimon School of Jazz BIN scholarship, and Berklee College of Music Performance & Composition scholarships for 2015-2017.

     Born and raised in Israel in a musically oriented family, Nadav first picked up the recorder at the age of six and later on started playing the alto saxophone. As a young musician, Nadav studied classical saxophone at the Tel-Aviv Conservatory and later joined the prestigious Jazz Department of Thelma-Yellin High School for the Arts located in Givataim, Israel, where he graduated cum laude. Shortly after graduating, he took part at the Berklee Five-Week Summer Program as a full scholarship recipient. Over the years, Nadav has studied with well-known teachers such as Gan Lev, Yuval CohenGilad Ronen, Tiger Okoshi, Dino Govoni, Shannon LeClaire and others,
        After serving for three years in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) as a combat soldier, Nadav attended the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music (Israel) where he studied arranging and composition with Yaron Gottfried, Eli Benacot, Rafi Kadishzon, and several other influential Israeli composers and educators. During his time at Rimon he was awarded a tuition scholarship from the Berklee College of Music, where he continues his full-time degree studies, focusing on Performance, and Contemporary Writing and Production.

       

© 2020 by Nadav Ben-Ozer.

Cover photos by Alen Zahorjević