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Nir has been Principal Trombone player of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra since 2012 and a member of the orchestra since 2008. He is also faculty at Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a member of the Israel Philharmonic Brass Quartet.
Nir began his trombone studies in 1998 at the age of ten, under the instruction of Nachman Yariv and Vladimir Flaxman in his hometown of Lod. Nir has had the privilege of studying with some of the finest musicians and trombone players in the world, including Daniele Morandini, Ian Bousfield, Joseph Alessi, Micha Davis, Michel Becquet, Ralph Sauer, Jay Friedman, and Andrea Bandini.
He won the 2010 Audience Choice Award in the Aviv Competition for brass in addition to excellence scholarships by the American-Israel Culture Foundation between 2002 and 2012.
A frequent participant in international brass workshops, chamber music festivals, and ensembles, Nir has been invited to play as a guest principal player in Teatro La Scala in Milan, and with Maestro Claudio Abbado and his Orchestra Mozart in Luzern Festival, with which he recorded for the Deutsche Gramophone label.
His activities as a teacher include master classes in cities including Buenos Aires, Santiago, and Athens.
Nir’s approach toward playing and teaching is inspired by his love of yoga and his desire to combine the two worlds of body and spirit.
For more information, please visit his website at www.nirerez.com