Geller Marina

Composer, musicologist, and a teacher of music theory. Dr. Marina Geller has worked for years as a teacher of musical theory, composition and music literature at the Conservatory of Music in Beer Sheva and in high schools, preparing students for their final exams in music.
Her works have been performed by the best musicians in Israel and have been broadcast on the radio station Kol HaMusica. Her work The Armed Man was commissioned by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra IBA and was conducted by Maestro Frederick Chaslin at the Henry Crown Hall in 2013. A Cello Offering for cello and orchestra was performed in 2014 by Sofia Falkovich as soloists with the Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva under the direction of Doron Salomon. In 2009 and 2013 two concerts of her music were held at the Conservatory of Music in Beer Sheva. In addition, her works have been performed in the concerts of Israel Composers' League, of which she has been a member since 1997. The CD "Tight Strings", featuring her works for string instruments, was released in 2010 with the support of the Ministry of Culture.
In 2002 she was awarded both the ACUM Prize for her work A Cello Offering, and the Prime Minister's Prize for composers for her works Arioso, Ironical Bagatelles and Epitaph for string quartet.
She received her Ph.D. at the composition seminar at Bar-Ilan University in 2011. She wrote her dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Gideon Lewensohn and Prof. Betty Olivero. During her studies she continued her research in the compositional methods and the musical world of Sofia Gubaidulina. In 2014 she published an article in a book devoted to this great composer. Two years later she published an article in a monograph book of Felix Yanov-Yanovski about his concert music.
She began her studies at the Tashkent Academy of Music (Uzbekistan) and received her master's degree in musicology and pedagogy in music theoretical disciplines. In 1987-1991 she served as an advisor to the Composers' Association of Uzbekistan and taught at the Uspensky Music School near the Tashkent Academy of Music. At the same time, she continued her studies at the Academy in the composition class of Prof. Felix Yanov-Yanovsky. In 1991, she immigrated to Israel with her family. She studied composition at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem in the class of Prof. Mark Kopytman.
Marina wrote many chamber and symphonic works, including Insomnia, a cycle of songs for mezzo-soprano and symphony orchestra on Marina Tzvetaeva's texts; Farewell, a poem for tenor and string orchestra on Apolliner's text; Three Etudes in Symphonic Styles for large orchestra; music for ballet; a song cycle for mezzo-soprano, flute and piano on texts by Margot Ruddock; Transparent Spaces for piano; a suite for piano; a sonata for violin and piano; and songs and romances.
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