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Dr. Ori Leshman is a musicologist, conductor, composer and senior lecturer in the fields of music, education, communications and society in leading academic institutions in Israel, including Tel Aviv University and the Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya.

He is the Director of The Venture for Promoting Dialogue through Music at the School of Education, Tel Aviv University and Co-Founder of the Music for Dialogue venture. He sees his mission as that of using the power of music to contribute and to improve social, educational and cultural processes in Israel and worldwide. Dr. Leshman has rich international experience in music composition and performance. He has conducted many orchestras, including in opera houses, in Israel and abroad, such as the Verdi Theatre opera house in Trieste, Italy; the Israeli Philharmonic; the Johannesburg Philharmonic; the Israeli Chamber Orchestra; the Israel Camerata Jerusalem, and more.

He was awarded the Ministry of Culture Prize for his composition Oriental Fair; the Rabinovitz Fund for the Arts Prize for his composition Leah; and the Bar- Ilan University President’s award for his study of the music of Kurt Weil. He has set many poems to music and his works are played in Israel and abroad. Dr. Leshman is currently also serving as the artistic director of the Israeli Festival Childhood Sounds.

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