Tzvi Avni

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Tzvi Jacob Avni (first name sometimes spelled Zvi; Hebrew: צבי אבני‎; born Hermann Jakob Steinke 1927) is an Israeli composer.


Tzvi Avni was born in Saarbrücken, Germany, and emigrated to Mandate Palestine as a child. He studied with Paul Ben-Haim.

On the recommendation of Edgard Varèse, he became involved with the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in the 1960s. Later he founded an electronic studio at the Jerusalem Academy of Music, following the guidelines of his mentor in New York, Vladimir Ussachevsky.[1]


In 2001, Avni was awarded the Israel Prize, for music.[2][3] On September 11, 2012, Avni was made honorary citizen of Saarbrücken.[4]


  1. ^ Bob Gluck, “Go Find Your Own Tricks!: Interview with Israeli Composer Tzvi Avni.”
  2. ^ "Israel Prize Official Site (in Hebrew) – Recipient's C.V."
  3. ^ "Israel Prize Official Site (in Hebrew) – Judges' Rationale for Grant to Recipient".
  4. ^ "Tzvi Avni Saarbrücker Ehrenbürger" (in German). Landeshauptstadt Saarbrücken. Retrieved 2012-09-29.


  • Gluck, Bob. “Go Find Your Own Tricks!: Interview with Israeli Composer Tzvi Avni.” eContact! 14.4 — TES 2011: Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium / Symposium électroacoustique de Toronto (March 2013). Montréal: CEC.
  • Gluck, Robert J. “The Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center: Educating international composers.” Computer Music Journal 31/2 (Summer 2007), pp. 20–38.

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