Nimrod Borenstein

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Nimrod Borenstein

Nimrod Borenstein (Hebrew: נמרוד בורנשטיין‎‎; born 1969) is a British- French- Israeli composer whose music is widely performed throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and Japan. His works are becoming part of the repertoire of many ensembles and orchestras.[1]


Born in Tel Aviv, Nimrod grew up in Paris where he started his musical education at the age of 3. In 1984 he became a Laureat of the Cziffra Foundation and subsequently moved to London in 1986 to pursue his studies as a violinist with Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music. He was then awarded the highest scholarship from the Leverhulme Trust to study composition with Paul Patterson at the Royal Academy of Music. He is now an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and is listed amongst the alumni as an illustrious past student.[2]


Vladimir Ashkenazy has been a supporter of Nimrod's music for many years. In 2013 he conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra for a performance of The Big Bang and Creation of the Universe. Later that year Ashkenazy conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall for the world premiere of If you will it, it is no dream, a piece written especially for the occasion.[3]

The past few years have seen Nimrod Borenstein's compositions premiered and performed at the Royal Opera House and the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Salle Gaveau in Paris and the Carnegie Hall in New York. His works have also featured in numerous music festivals across Europe such as It’s All About Piano in London, the Burgos International Music Festival and Belgrade Cello Fest.

Borenstein's Shell Adagio (published by Boosey & Hawkes) has been played more than 30 times by 16 different orchestras, including a concert at Carnegie Hall.[4] In 2014 his Violin concerto was premiered by Dmitry Sitkovetsky and the Oxford Philomusica conducted by Marios Papadopoulos at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford. A particular highlight of the 2014/15 season was the world premiere at the Royal Opera House of Suspended, a work written for Gandini Juggling's 4 x 4: Ephemeral Architectures show.[5] A huge international success, Suspended has had to date more than 100 performances (from the Edinburgh International Festival to the Taipei Arts Festival etc) and continues to tour the world.

Nimrod Borenstein's substantial catalogue currently numbers over seventy works including orchestral and chamber music as well as vocal and solo instrumental pieces.


  • Nimrod Borenstein: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra opus 60, The Big Bang and Creation of the Universe opus 52, If you will it, it is no dream opus 58. The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Irmina Trynkos. Chandos (2017)
  • Nimrod Borenstein: Concerto for piano, trumpet and string orchestra opus 74. The English Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Woods, Simon Desbruslais (trumpet), Clare Hammond (piano). Signum Classics (2017)
  • Nimrod Borenstein: Suspended opus 69. das freie orchester Berlin, Laércio Diniz. Solaire Records (2015)
  • Nimrod Borenstein: Quasi una cadenza opus 26. Thomas Gould, violin. Champs Hill Records
  • Nimrod Borenstein: Duo concertant opus 73. Sanja Romic, oboe & Fionnuala Moynihan, piano. HedoneRecords (2017)
  • Nimrod Borenstein: Perpetua opus 29 for flute, viola & harp. Debussy Trio. Klavier Records (2010)
  • Nimrod Borenstein: Shell Adagio opus 17 for string orchestra. Florida All-State Middle School Orchestra, James Mick conductor. Mark Records (2017)


Nimrod Borenstein publishers include:


  1. ^ Jessica Duchen (March 15, 2013). "Nimrod Borenstein: With that name, he was born to be a composer". The JC. Archived from the original on February 15, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Nimrod Borenstein". Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Vladimir Ashkenazy to conduct Nimrod Borenstein premiere". Gramophone. November 28, 2013. Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Interview with composer Nimrod Borenstein (part 1)". Planet Hugill. December 23, 2012. Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ Gandini. "Gandini - Shows". Retrieved 2015-08-24. 

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