Jewish Journal


October 18, 2013

One Israeli creation for the weekend- an exclusive interview with Tomer Adaddi



Tomer Adaddi is an Israeli award-winning composer, pianist and musical producer, who has worked and collaborated with international musicians such as Andrea Bocelli, Mercedes Sossa, Il Volo, the Tenors, Michael Buble' and others.

He was born in 1983 in Raanana, Israel, and became successful both in the Israeli and the international music industry. He studied for his MA in composition at Mannes College of Music in New York, where he received the Felix Saltzer Techniques of Music Award in 2011. In 2010, he composed and arranged the song "Milim" (Words) for singer Harel Skaat, which represented Israel at the Eurovision singing contest.  Adaddi also composed songs for other famous Israeli singers such as Boaz Shara'abi, Shlomi Shabat, Lior Narkis, Izhar Cohen, Shiri Mimon and more. In 2013, he won the Israeli ACUM Award as best composer. 

In the field of international music, Adaddi arranged and conducted the "Jerry Lewis Telethon Orchestra" in 2007 in Las Vegas. In 2008, he musically produced and arranged the 10th anniversary for the Peres Center for Peace, honoring Israel's President Shimon Peres. There, he worked with international artists such as Andrea Bocceli, Mercedes Sossa, Elliot Yaminn, Dave Koz and others. Adaddi also worked with the legendary band, The Scorpions, and recently arranged and orchestrated Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" for the album "The Canadian Tenors" published nationwide by Universal Music.

Adaddi also composed music for several film projects, a few symphonic and chamber works, and conducted for different orchestras around the world. His piece "Integration for Orchestra" won the Bohuslav Martinů award at Mannes College of Music (NYC) and was premiered by the Israeli Chamber Orchestra at "Sounds in the Dessert" Festival 2010. Recently Tomer's Piano Concerto no. 1 was premiered in New-York City at Mannes Concert Hall by Pianist Natalie Tenenbaum and Conductor Isaac Selya with the Mannes "Green" Orchestra. The same Piano Concerto had its Israeli debut with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra and Conductor Roi Azulai.

Adaddi also worked with 16-Grammy-Award winning producer Humberto on the upcoming album Songs from the Silver Screen for America-Got-Talent's musical sensation Jackie Evancho and We are Love for Il Volo. He also worked on songs by the famous singer Michael Buble'.


Recently, Adaddi released his first solo album, Origins, featuring classical interpretations for famous Jewish melodies, performed by piano and string orchestra.
In an interview to Israelife, Adaddi talked about splitting his life between Israel and New-York: "Israel is my home, and where I feel at home. It's hard for me to be away from my family, my friends and the Israeli culture when I'm staying in New-York. I am also very connected to the Hebrew language, and feel that creating songs in Hebrew is home for me. However, music is an international language, and therefore the way to develop is to go outside to other places. That is how truly great things happen."

After years of composing and producing for others, what made you decide to release a solo album?

"In recent years, I got to perform in many fundraisers worldwide. After performing the Jewish melody, "Malachei HaSharet," in a piano solo, I received very good reviews and started thinking about recording an album that will be a combination of classical music and Jewish melodies which I heard every time I went to temple on Jewish holidays. I think that the actual trigger for recording this album was about two years ago, when my grandmother, Rina, passed away. It was at that time when I decided I want to record an album dedicated to her and to my grandfather, may they rest in peace."


Avinu Malkenu


Shalom Aleichem Malachei HaSharet


Lecha Dodi

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