Dr. Avner Finberg is an Israeli-American violinist and composer. He teaches traditional and Suzuki violin and viola, composition and music theory. He enjoys teaching young beginners who are learning an instrument for the firs time, as well as advanced students who are performing concertos and preparing for All-State exams. He studied violin Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance with Hagai Shaham and Roi Shiloach (B. Mus). He then completed his musical education in New York City at The Mannes Conservatory (M.Mus) and Manhattan School of Music , where he earned his doctorate (DMA) in 2015. He has been teaching violin and viola for over a decade, and many of his students have made their way from beginners to advanced books through the Suzuki repertoire, with some auditioning and advanced to All-State Orchestras. He completed Suzuki teacher training in books 1 through 7.
As an orchestra musician he performed with the Israel Philharmonic, Fairfax Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra (Germany), The Binghamton Philharmonic, The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes (for whom he also composed The Miracle of Hanukkah for choir and orchestra), and The Tel-Aviv Soloists Ensemble.
Avner is in demand for performing chamber music and premiering works by living composers. He performed at The Jerusalem Music Center (Jerusalem, Israel), Cornell University, ORF Radio Tirol (Innsbruck, Austria), Spectrum NYC, and a special performance of Stravinsky's A Soldier's Tale at The Rockwell Museum. After joining the Ithaca New Music Collective in 2017 as a composer and a violinist, Avner started composing and performing music for violin and electronics. His newest composition in the genre, The Four Seasons of Isolation, is a pandemic-era reimagining of a classical violin concerto for violin and electronics. It will soon be released as an album with the Parma label in the Fall of 2022
Avner is an established composer of contemporary classical music, and had written music for symphony orchestra, choir, solo instruments, chamber ensembles, dance and two operas to date. He taught music theory and ear training at Manhattan School of Music and Syracuse. For those interested in composition and music theory lessons can find more information at avnerfinberg.com