Oded Zehavi belongs among the leading young Israeli composers. Born in Jerusalem in 1961 he considers Andre Hajdu (Israel) and George Crumb (USA) as most important among his teachers. He holds a Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctorate which he received at the NY State University, Stonybrook.
His works have been performed by all the orchestras in Israel under the batons of conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Shlomo Mintz, David Robertson, Zeev Dorman and Stanley Sperber. From 1993-96 he held the post of resident composer with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra. His works have also been performed at important venues in the U.S., France, Belgium, and Germany.
In addition to his symphonic works, Zehavi wrote music for ballets, theatres and films both in Israel and abroad. Oded Zehavi won numerous prizes among them the Prime Minister's Prize for Composition, 1995, the Engel Prize of the Tel Aviv Municipality for the same year and the ACUM prize for the writing of his concerto for viola and orchestra, 1996. Some of his works have been issued on CDs. He is co-ordinator of music studies at the Haifa University and lectures at the New Music Centre "Hed" at the Yehud College. In the past he had worked for the Voice of Music Programme of the Israel Broadcasting Authority, Kol Israel, and wrote articles on music for various publications.