Brooklyn, NY

United States


Description of Work

In most of his works, Yoav is trying to deal with the spiritual thirst of our times, through the emotions of a musical experience. He believes the world is going through a theological evolution, and the search for meaning and purpose is a growing interest in the essence of life.



Yoav Shemesh works extensively as a composer of concert composition, theater, contemporary dance, movies and songs. He has written for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, and full symphony orchestra, incorporating both acoustic and electronic elements. Both as a composer and as a vocalist, Yoav has been exploring Ashkenazi Niguns and Sephardic Piutim, the traditional Jewish song forms of the two worlds comprising the Jewish exile.  In 2009, he was awarded second prize and the ‘audience’s favorite’ award for his composition 'Three Miniatures' for chamber orchestra in the Chana Avni-Yaddor’s composition competition at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. In 2010, he was awarded second prize in the Gertrude Krauss Composing for Dance competition in Jerusalem. His music for film has been screened in over 40 festivals around the world including the Aniwow-Beijing Festival, and the 25th Interfilm International Short Film Festival, Berlin.  In 2012, Yoav premiered an orchestral piece, commissioned by the NYU Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jerry Steichen.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in composition from the Jerusalem Academy of Music in 2009, where he studied jazz and concert composition in a multi-disciplinary department. He studied contemporary composition with Slava Ganelin.  Yoav recently completed his master’s degree in Composition, Film Scoring and Multimedia at New York University, winning the Elmer Bernstein Award in Film Scoring and the Carol Bayer Sager Scholarship in Songwriting. At NYU he studied composition with Ira Newborn and Joan La Barbara and sound engineering classes with Allen Silverman and Paul Geluso.