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Name  Ella Milch-Sheriff
Role  Composer
Education  Tel Aviv University

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Ella Milch-Sheriff (Hebrew: אלה מילך-שריף) is an Israeli composer. Born in Haifa, Israel, Milch-Sheriff began her career as a composer at the age of 12. During her military service she composed, performed and interpreted her own songs after which she returned to classical music studying composition under the direction of Professor Tzvi Avni and graduating in composition from the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University.


Milch-Sheriff has composed operas, chamber, orchestral and vocal music as well as popular music and solo works.

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Her chamber opera "Baruchs Schweigen", 2010 (Baruch's Silence) (Hebrew: שתיקתו של ברוך) commissioned and premiered by the State Theater of Braunschweig, Germany (Director: Ido Ricklin)

had its 4th production in Vienna, September 2016 (EnArteOpera festival, Beverley & Rebecca Blanckenship, stage directors). In 2014 Israeli premiere in a Hebrew version (original language: German, Libretto: Yael Ronen) and in 2015 in Fuerth, Germany (director Bruno Berger-Gorski). All production won great success.

"Past Life", (2016) film by Israeli international film director Avi Nesher is inspired by her family story and her character is the main character in the film. Milch-Sheriff has composed original music to this film which was premiered in the Toronto Film festival 2016.

Her composition "Conversation with a Stone", 2014, based on a poem by that name by the Polish Nobel Prize winner poet Wislawa Szymborska (Polish: Rozmowa z kamieniem, German: Gespraech mit einem Stein, Hebrew: שיחה עם אבן) for Soloist, choir and chamber ensemble was performed in a staged performance in Bonn 2015, (Bundeskunsthalle and Opera Bonn), in Theater Esch in Luxembourg, (conductor: Marino Formenti), Cologne Germany and Wroclaw, Poland in 2016. (staged by Bruno Berger-Gorski) The work was commissioned by POLIN Museum in Warsaw for its opening and was performed in a concert version in Tel-Aviv and Warsaw (conductor: Doron Salomon).

Her piece "Halbtener" (Halftones, Hebrew: חצאי טונים) for singer and orchestra based on poems of the Yiddish poet Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman was premiered in Israel in January 2016 sung by Louisa Lyne and conducted by Omer M. Wellber.

Her piece, "Night's End Anthem" (2009) based on Roy Arad's poem for Soloists, Chorus and Symphony orchestra was commissioned and premiered by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Zubin Mehta in July 2009 at the season's final concert series.

Her piece "Waves", 2010 for Mezzo-Soprano and chamber orchestra was commissioned and premiered by Israel Camerata under Avner Biron.

"Can Heaven be Void", a work for Narrator, Mezzo-Soprano & Orchestra based upon the diary of Ella’s father, written during World War II was first performed in Israel in 2003 and has been since translated into a number of languages and performed in Germany (Berlin, Duesseldorf, Bochum), in Poland (Warsaw, Opole), in Lithuania (Vilnius) and in the USA (Chautaqua Festival, NY, Vancouver, Washington).

Her string quartet "Songs from the Edge", for mezzo-soprano and string quartet, (Poems by Annette Pashayan) premiered by the Audubon Quartet in the United States in July 2006 and since then was performed numerous times in the US and in Israel.

Her opera "And the Rat laughed" (based on Nava Semel's book) had about 90 performances in the Cameri Theatre and Israel Chamber Orchestra. The opera toured Poland and Romania and had new production in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in November 2009.

In June 2007 her large-scale work "Dark am I…" for singers and instrumental ensemble, based on text taken from "The Song of Solomon" had its premiere at the Israeli festival sung by Israeli Soprano Keren Hadar. The text is sung in seven languages: Hebrew, Arabic, English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese, It is scored for four singers - soprano solo with a Greek-tragedy-like chorus - counter-tenor, tenor and bass-baritone - and a small orchestra: violin, viola, cello. double bass, flute with sections for piccolo and alto flute, oboe with sections for English horn. French horn, piano, and one percussionist on a broad battery of instruments. This work was performed numerous times in Europe and Israel.

Her opera "Flying Lesson" based on Nava Semel's libretto and book had its premiere in December 2009 as a co-production between the Cameri Theatre and the Israeli Opera.

Her first Piano Concerto was premiered in October 2008 at the opening season concert of the Israel Sinfonietta Beer-Sheva.

"Reflections on Love", 2014, for piano solo was commissioned by the Rubinstein competition as an obligatory piece for the 2014 competition.

Future projects

"The Banality of Love" a new opera based on a theatre play by Savyon Liebrecht, will be premiered in Stadtstheater Regensburg, 27 January 2018. Stage director: Itay Tiran.

"Children of Dreams" for Children Choir and instrumental ensemble, based on the book by Jossi Banai "Junjun", Moran Choir, premiere 28 March, 2018, Tel-Aviv Museum.

"Shaharit" for mixed choir, soloists & orchestra, based on the Jewish morning prayer, Israel Camerata, 24 June 2018.

"Concerto for Flute & Orchestra", Kibutz Chamber Orchestra, Christian Lindberg, conductor, Sharon Bazali, Flute, February 2019.


In 2005, Ella Milch-Sheriff was awarded the prestigious “Israeli Prime-Minister Prize” for her compositional works and the same year, her opera, "And the Rat Laughed” conceived with Nava Semel and based on her book received the “Rosenblume Prize” for achievement.

Best music for a film for "Past Life", Montreal JFF, 2017.


Ella Milch-Sheriff Wikipedia

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