Uri Netanel was born in Jerusalem and lives near Tel Aviv, Israel. Uri studied music at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem and at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music, graduating with a Master’s degree. Among his teachers were prof. Zvi Avni, prof. Yitzhak Sadai, prof. Leon Schidlovsky (composition) and prof. Shmuel Magen (‘cello). In his catalog of works are songs, chamber music, orchestral and choral music.
Received scholarships by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Love songs to lyrics by his grandfather, Gedalyah Marmur, performed by Ayelet Cohen, soprano and the Carmel string quartet, were broadcast in Kol ha Musica, Israel’s classical radio station. His works were performed since 1981 in various places in Israel, among them the Felicia Blumenthal Music Center in Tel Aviv (2016), the Jerusalem Music Center (2015) and Kibbutz Sde Boker (the Sounds in the Desert Festival, 2015, in which his Trio for flute, viola and ‘cello “Homage to Arnold Schönberg” was recorded by the acclaimed Meitar Ensemble).
Participated in the “Liberty-Otherness-Responsibility” project of the Modalius Ensemble, in which 8 new works were written especially for the ensemble and premiered in the Israeli Music Festival of 2016, among them Uri Netanel’s work “Africa”.
Performs as a ‘cellist and as such participated in the “Speaking Arts” conferences in Jerusalem, hosted by the Jerusalem Foundation and the Jerusalem Inter-Cultural Center, promoting the Arab-Jewish dialogue in the performing arts, which were held until 2012, and in various other similar musical encounters in Israel.
Nouri, for Flute, Guitar and ‘Cello which will represent him in the New Music on the Bayou Festival, 2017, was inspired by the renowned writer Sammi Michael’s novel for teenagers “Palm Trees in the Storm”, in which Nouri is the principal hero. The work, being program music in one movement, follows a specific chapter in the story. The story’s setting in Iraq during World War 2 determined the style, which nonetheless reflects the composer’s interest in the classical music of the Middle East.
2017 Featured Composition: Nouri