Defined as “one of Israel’s most prominent composers” by the Deutschland Magazine and as “an already well known classical composer" by the BBC, Gilad Hochman is gaining growing interest in his profound, lyrical and expressive musical work.
Hochman was also described as “a fascinating, original and colorful creator” by the Israeli Prime Minister Award committee and as a "rising star in the classical music world” by France 24. Among other reviews, Hochman’s music was praised in his home country as “written with a true artist’s hand” by Ma’ariv newspaper and as “sheds new light on customary expressions in music” by Haaretz newspaper’s critique (Noam Ben Zeev).
Gilad Hochman was born in Israel in 1982 to an Odessa native father and a Paris native mother and is currently residing in Berlin, Germany. He started learning the piano at the age of 6 and composing at 9 years old. At age 18 he graduated with honors from the Herzliya Music Conservatory, studying under composer Dr. Ilya Heifets and pianist Dr. Mark Shaviner. In 2007 Mr. Hochman graduated with honors from the Buchman-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, where he studied composition under composer Gil Shohat, musicology and advanced theoretical and practical musical subjects under some of Israel’s leading senior musicians.
Amongst his achievements, at the age of 24 Mr. Hochman became the youngest composer ever to be awarded the prestigious Prime Minister Award for his artistic work. At age 22 he became the youngest ever to be appointed Composer in Residence by one of Israel’s known orchestras, Ra’anana Symphonette. He founded and artistically directed the Arco String Ensemble and the New Sounds concert series of the Israel Composers’ League. In 2007 Hochman also won a merit certificate from the city of Ra'anana.
In 2013, an orchestral debut to Hochman’s work was held at the Berlin Philharmonie with his “Concertino for string orchestra and flute obbligato” (January) and he was also invited to lecture and be performed at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (February). In May two of Hochman’s compositions were released by German label ClassicClips on 2 commercial CDs, recorded by Ensemble Gagliano and BOVIARTrio, that have won enthusiastic response by Schott Music’s das-Orchester, Klassik-Heute, Israeli Haaretz and Italian CDclassico. In June, Deutschlandradio Kultur had dedicated a full portrait to Hochman musical work. At the same month his composition “Szymborska” was premiered at the Aachen International Chorbiennale and his trio “Shedun Fini” had its U.S. Premiere at the Gesher Music Festival. In August Hochman was performed by internationally acclaimed American-Japanese pianist Thomas Osuga at the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival and in September by the Copenhagen Festival Ensemble at the Odd Fellow Palæet.
Mr. Hochman's œuvre includes a wide range of compositions for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, choirs and orchestras which are regularly performed in Israel, the U.S. and throughout Europe. His work reflects a clear aesthetic approach and a rare combination between tradition and innovation, while creating a well structured contemporary musical language. In his work, Hochman uniquely merge European classical music traditions with those relating to the Jewish culture and to his Israeli origin.
Hochman’s music is often commissioned and performed by leading musicians and music institutes worldwide. It was performed, among others, by Oriol Ensemble Berlin, Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, Synergy Ensemble, Musica Nova Ensemble, Ensemble Meitar, Studium Chorale, Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble, Copenhagen Festival Ensemble and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. It was also performed at the Heidelberg Biennale for New Music, The World Saxophone Congress, Aachen International Chorbiennale, Israel Music Fest, the Israeli Schubertiade, Musica Sacra Festival - Maastricht, Magister Ludi Festival - Moscow and in dozens of different concert series worldwide.
Notable performances of Hochman's chamber work include two retrospective concerts in Germany: the first held in November 2009 at the Mainz Music Academy and initiated by the Anni-Eisler-Lehmann-Stiftung Mainz and the second held in April 2011, initiated by the Bochum Art Museum and performed by leading musicians of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra.
In February 2014 Mr. Hochman won first prize in the American Chamber Orchestra of the Springs Composition Competition (Colorado) with his orchestral work “A Voice in the Wilderness”, based on a poem by Israeli author Nava Semel. This work had its U.S. premiere on April 26th and 27th this year. The same composition was also chosen to be performed under maestro Guy Feder in March 2015 in both Israel, by the Israel Chamber Orchestra, and in Germany, as part of the 50 years anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations.
Hochman’s endeavors for 2014-15 include a new composition for the renowned Latvian Youth Choir Kamēr… as part of “Riga – European Capital of Culture 2014” and a new Concerto for mandolin and orchestra for London’s Orchestra of the City under conductor Chris Hopkins and soloist Alon Sariel. This same work was also chosen to be performed in January 2015 by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra under maestro Frédéric Chaslin. Among others, Hochman’s future projects include a new work for Summerwinds Festival (Münster, Germany) for Shakuhachi and Baroque violin, a concert tour together with the Israeli Chamber Project, a collaboration with photographer Christian Herrnbeck on a new exhibition and a new string trio composed for an upcoming portrait CD.