Born in Haifa, Israel, 1979, Osnat Netzer attended the Israel Arts and Science Academy in Jerusalem, and earned her Bachelor of Music degree in piano and composition from the Jerusalem Music Academy and her Master of Music degree in composition and theory from Mannes College of Music, New York. She is currently studying composition with Professor John Heiss at the New England Conservatory Doctor of Musical Arts program. Ms. Netzer's works have been performed at the Jerusalem Music Center, Israel's "Sounds in the Desert" festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Boston's Jordan Hall, and broadcasted on Israeli National Radio. Winner of the Felix Saltzer Techniques of Music Award and the Israel-America Cultural Foundation Scholarship for studies abroad, her recent works include Tanso for full orchestra, Light Night Songs for voice and ensemble, and numerous arrangements of Israeli folk songs for various instruments.
Friday’s wide-ranging Boston Modern Orchestra Project concert demonstrated how unhelpfully vague the umbrella term “modern music” can be. Some New England Conservatory link was the only correspondence among the disparate works, gathered under the title “Boston ConNECtion” (and performed under Jordan Hall’s architecturally ill-mannered “New England Conservatory” signboard, which continues to intrude on the season’s concert experience like a dinner-time telemarketer).