Israeli composer Gilad Hochman was defined in 2009 as “one of Israel’s most important composers” by the Deutschland Magazine and as "a rising star in the classical music world” by France 24. He was also described as “a fascinating, original and colorful creator” by The Israeli Prime Minister Award committee and as an "already well known classical composer" by the BBC. Among other reviews, Mr. Hochman’s music was praised as “written with a true artist’s hand” by Ma’ariv newspaper’s critique and as “sheds new light on customary expressions in music” by Ha’aretz newspaper.
Amongst his many achievements, at the age of 24 Mr. Hochman became the youngest composer to be awarded the prestigious Israeli Prime Minister Award for his artistic work. At age 22 he was the youngest 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 and in 2007 won a merit certificate from the city of Ra'anana.
Gilad Hochman was born in Israel in 1982 to an Odessa native father and a Paris native mother and currently resides in Berlin, Germany. He started composing at the age of 9 and at 18 graduated with honors from the Herzeli'ya Music Conservatory, where he studied under composer Ilya Heifets and pianist Mark Shaviner. In 2007 Mr. Hochman graduated with honors from the Buchman-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, studying under composer Gil Shohat and under some of Israel’s leading senior musicians and theoreticians.
Mr. Hochman's œuvre includes a wide range of compositions for solo instruments, chamber music, choirs and orchestras which are commissioned and performed by leading musicians in Israel, the US and all over Europe. His work reflects a verity of aesthetic approaches: on the one hand, a continuation of classical music’s development, yet on the other hand he puts a great emphasis on themes relating to the Jewish tradition and his Israeli origin, while creating his own contemporary musical language – personal, lyrical and expressive.
Hochman’s music is often commissioned and performed by leading musicians and music institutes worldwide. It was played, among others, by Oriol Ensemble, Synergy Ensemble, Musica Nova Ensemble, XelmYa Ensemble – Berlin, Ensemble Gagliano, Ensemble Meitar, Studium Chorale, Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. It was also performed at Heidelberg Biennale for New Music, Aachen International Choir Biennale, Israel Music Fest and The Israeli Schubertiade, Musica Sacra Festival - Maastricht, in dozens of different concert series and in music academies like Sibelius Academy (Helsinki), UDK (Berlin), Guildhall School of Music (London), Juilliard (New York) and Rubin (Jerusalem). In November 2009 a full retrospective concert of Hochman's work was held at Mainz Music Academy in South Germany. In April 2011, Bochum Art Museum had initiated a similar retrospective, performed by leading musicians of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra.
At the beginning of 2013 Gilad Hochman will have his debut at Berlin’s Philharmonic hall and in Moscow’s Magister Ludi festival and his works are to be released on professional CDs by Ensemble Gagliano and Boviar Trio.