Or Shemesh, born in 1981 in Be’er-Sheva, Israel, is a composer. He is a post-graduate Meisterschüler student of composition at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdly University for Music and Theater in Leipzig.
Constantly seeking new ways to expand the limits of musical grammar, he introduces various raw, non-musical, readily found and familiar resonant materials within new musical contexts to de-familiarize them and activate their potential musicality.
Or Shemesh’s compositions have been performed in diverse venues including: the Sirga festival in Flix, Spain by the French Ensemble Soundinitiative, at the Felicia Blumenthal Hall in Tel-Aviv by the Austrian Phace ensemble, the Stainer Center in Holon, Israel in the frame of the project “Composing for immigrant musicians,” the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart and others.
Or Shemesh is a scholarship holder and research fellow of the ELES network for the years 2016-2018. In addition, he won several Excellency scholarships, among them the David Herzog Scholarship of the city of Graz, The America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship, the Swiss Associates of the Tel-Aviv University Scholarship, and others.