Discipline: Music Composition

Udi Perlman

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: New Haven, CT and Berlin, GERMANY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Udi Perlman is an Israel-born composer based in New Haven, CT and Berlin, Germany. Described as “surprising, rich, and colorful” (Haaretz), his music has been commissioned by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Bang on a Can Festival, Yale Glee Club, Lysander Piano Trio, International Ensemble Modern Academy, and the European Capital of Culture Festival. Haaretz also named him in 2021 as one of nine “most promising Israeli contemporary composers.”

Perlman is a recipient of the 2021 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2024 Pogorzelski-Yankee award from the American Guild of Organists, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Composer Award, the François Schapira Prize for Composition from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, and was composer-in-residence at I-Park Foundation (Connecticut) and Herrenhaus Edenkoben (Germany).

Perlman is a D.M.A. candidate in composition at the Yale School of Music, where his doctoral thesis won the 2022 Friedmann Thesis Prize. He holds degrees from the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

While at MacDowell, Perlman worked on “Variations on a Theme by Avni,” a piece for symphony orchestra for the Aspen Music Festival. Perlman will take part in the festival in summer 2023 as a composition fellow at the Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies.



Udi Perlman worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the studios on property, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the program began welcoming…

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