Nurit Hirsh Biography 2020
Nurit Hirsh is one of Israel’s foremost composers, arrangers and conductors.
A native of Tel Aviv, Nurit began her classical piano studies at an early age, and later attended the Rubin Academy of Music, majoring in composition, orchestration and conducting.
During her service in the IDF band, Nurit composed several hit songs for the various army ensembles. It was during this time that she also discovered the world of jazz, and began studying with Israel’s leading proponents of the genre.
Following her mandatory military service, Nurit Hirsh continued her musical education at UCLA, focusing on film scoring, electronic and contemporary music. While living in New York, Nurit also studied advanced composition with Justin Dello Joio.
During her long and prolific career Nurit has composed over 1600 songs, including Oseh Shalom, Bashanah Haba’ah, The Policeman Azoulay, Perach Halilach, Rak BeYisrael and Abanibi.
Over the years Nurit Hirsh has represented Israel in many prestigious music festivals around the world, as a composer, arranger and conductor. In 1973 her song Ei Sham placed fourth in the Luxembourg Eurovision Song Contest and in 1978. her song titled Abanibi won first prize in the Paris Eurovision Song Contest. The song was to become a big international hit, with versions in several languages.
Nurit’s songs have also won first prizes in international song competitions in Japan, Chile, Brazil, and other countries.
In addition to her career as a popular song writer, Nurit has also had success in the field of film scoring,having composed the sound tracks to fourteen films, including Hashoter Azulay, Lupo Melech Hakvish, Katz ve Karaso, and Meachorey Hasoragim.Nurit composed the sound tracks for the movie “The Policeman” which won the Golden Globe Award in the Best foreign Film category in 1972. The film was selected among the 5 nominations for the Academy Award that year. Her song “Ballad for The Policeman Azoulay” from that film was awarded “the best song of all time in the Israeli film category” by the Israeli Film Academy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ro4bFg-GfJ0
Nurit Hirsh’s versatility as a musician is also evident in her theater work, namely the hit musical Sallah Shabati written by Ephraim Kishon, which had one of the longest runs at Habima, the national theater of Israel. Aside from composing the music, Nurit also conducted the orchestra during the entire run of the show for five years.
Over the years Nurit has also written music for theater, television, as well as hundreds of children’s songs which have become favorites among kindergarten and school children.
Nurit’s songs have been published in six books as well as twenty of CD’s and DVD’s.
The following is a list of awards which Nurit has won over the years:
The 2016 Israel Prize from the president of Israel.
Honorary Doctorate Degree from Bar Ilan University.
Honorary Doctorate Degree from Ben Gurion University.
Lifetime achievement award from ACUM (the Israeli equivalent of ASCAP).
Lifetime achievement award from IUPA (Israeli Union of Performing Arts).
Lifetime contributions to the music of Israel and the people around the world from the Zamir Choral Foundation.
Lifetime achievement award for Hebrew Song from the Israeli Ministry of Culture.
The Kinor David prize for outstanding achievement in the arts.
The Rosenblum Prize for lifetime achievement in the arts, awarded by the city of Tel Aviv.
The ACUM award in the Children’s Songs category.
Woman of the Year award from the Lions Club Organization.
Honorary Citizen on the city of Tel Aviv
B’nai Brith World Center citation.
Oseh Shalom – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEFQN1_90Fk,
Bashanah Haba’ah – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyt5tO4v704
Perach Halilach with the Israeli Philharmonic – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuAFzf-dXr8
Rak BeYisrael – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8l8P9BweLE