Shlomo Gronich

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Shlomo Gronich
Shlomo Gronich at Jems December 2010.jpg
Shlomo Gronich at Jems Petach Tikva, Israel (December 2010)
Background information
Born (1949-01-20)January 20, 1949
Hadera, Israel
Genres Progressive rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter, pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader
Instruments Singing, piano, accordion, darbouka
Website shlomogronich.com

Shlomo Gronich (born January 20, 1949; Hebrew: שלמה גרוניך‎) is a male Israeli composer, singer, songwriter, arranger, and choir conductor.

Biography[edit]

Shlomo Gronich grew up in a musical family in Hadera. He holds a B.A. in Music Education from Tel Aviv Educational Academy, and a B.A. in Composition from the Mannes School of Music, New York. He is married to Michal Adler, a harmonica player. He wrote a song called Shir israeli.

Compositions and arrangements[edit]

Gronich is most widely known for composing and performing Israeli pop, folk and rock songs. His unique style blends different music genres, including Shirei Eretz Yisraels (the arch typical Israeli music style between 1940 and 1980), Israeli progressive rock with influences of rhythm and blues, jazz, ethnic, Mizrahi music, klezmer music and Middle-Eastern.

Albums[edit]

He has more than 15 albums, including -

  • 1971 Why Didn’t You Tell Me?! (re-mastered version 2003)
  • 1973 Behind the Sounds (With Matti Caspi) (re-mastered version 2002)
  • 1979 Concert LIVE
  • 1981 Cotton Candy (re-mastered version 2004)
  • 1988 Moonlight Walker
  • 1991 Neto LIVE
  • 1993 Shlomo Gronich & The Sheba Choir – received Gold Album award
  • 2003 On the Way to the Light
  • 2008 Journey to the Source

Music for film[edit]

He has composed music for film, writing more than 15 film scores, including -

  • Thousand Small Kisses – First Prize Cognac film festival, Musical Score, Israeli Oscar for musical score (1981)
  • Beyond the Sea - Israeli Oscar for musical score (1991)
  • Circus Palestine - Israeli Oscar for musical score (1998)

Music for theatre[edit]

He composed music for more than 20 theatre shows, including -

  • America – a musical, performed at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC (1976)
  • America (revised version) – performed in Santa Fe Festival, New Mexico (1983)
  • The Dream Pilot – a musical performed in Tokyo, Japan (1991)
  • The Golem – a musical performed in Prague, Czech Republic (2002)

Music for ballet[edit]

Gronich has also written music for ballet. His dance pieces include -

  • Song of Songs – Inbal Dance Theater, David’s Violin Prize (1983)
  • Looking for Jerusalem – Bat Sheva Dance Company, opening production, Israel Festival (1986)

Classical music[edit]

Gronich composed more than a hundred classical compositions, many of which were performed by the world's most notable orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic.

Notable performances[edit]

  • Appeared with Astor Piazzolla and the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra (1986)
  • Appeared with the Sheba and Moran Choir at the signing of the Jordan-Israel Peace Agreement (1994)
  • Appeared with the Sheba and the Harlem Boys Choir at the Israel Festival (2000)

Notable prizes[edit]

  • 2001 Hadassah Award, for his work with the Sheba Choir

Jewish-Palestinian collaboration[edit]

Gronich composed and arranged a unique Israeli-Palestinian peace and coexistence song, called in Hebrew Hevenu Shalom Aleinu (We brought peace upon us) and in Arabic Ma Ana Ajmal Min Salam (There is nothing more beautiful than peace). He gathered together a group of Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian singers and musicians to perform a beautiful, Middle-Eastern-style song, with a melody that combines Israeli rock, Arab pop, and Mizrahi musical elements (see #External links). The song was commissioned by the organization Peace Child Israel and adopted as its anthem. The lyrics alternate between Hebrew and Arabic, culminating in the refrain which is sung simultaneously both in Hebrew and Arabic. In the arrangement of the song, Gronich included the traditional Arab instrument oud, and a traditional Jewish musical instrument - the shofar. In July 2011, the song won Third Prize in the global Call for Music Videos of Palestinian-Jewish Duos or Groups presented by the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue.


Singers include Shlomo Gronich, Leah Shabat, Zehava Ben, Nivine Jaabri, Elias Julianos, Eli Luzon, Lubna Salame, Samir Shukri, and participants from the Peace Child Israel workshops.

Instrumentalists include - Drums: Doron Rafaeli, Bass: Alon Nadel, Percussion: Gadi Seri, Guitar: Shmulik Budagov, Oud: Mikhail Marun, Piano: Shlomo Gronich, Darbuka: Bishara Nadaf, Flute: Amir Milstein, Nai Alfred Hadjar, Violin: Bashir Assad, Clarinet: Chanan Bar-Sela

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