Florie Namir, MM

Instructor, Piano

Composer, pianist and singer-songwriter Florie Namir is a native of Israel. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in composition and theory from Tel-Aviv University and Rice University and is currently completing her PhD at Brandeis University. Her classical works have been performed internationally by Juventas New Music Ensemble, the Lydian String Quartet (United States), Meitar Ensemble (Israel), Quartetto Mansi (Italy), Prometheus Ensemble (Belgium) and Trio Elixir (France), among others. Her piece Dialogue for Two Pianos has received an honorable mentioned by the Paul Hindemith Institute, Frankfurt for integrating unused sketches by Paul Hindemith. Florie is a recipient of grants from the Williamson Foundation for Music and a winner of The John H. Rauch Competition for Composers. Her piece Viaggio in Due Note, for electric violin and electric cello was commissioned for the highSCORE Festival. Other commissions include a string quartet for Gruppo Sperimentale Villanuccia from Florence and a piece for the award winning ensemble Akropolis Reed Quintet for their “Unraveled” project. This piece will be recorded in the ensemble’s second album.

In addition to her activities as a composer, Florie is also a versatile performer who sings in different languages, such as Hebrew, English, Yiddish, Romani, Russian and Ukrainian. Her formal training is in classical piano and voice. She is a member of the group Natasha Folk Project, which performs pan-Slavic, Hebrew, and Gypsy-Jazz music. These days Florie is working on a debut show of her songs written in the past few years, both in English and Hebrew. Florie is an Affiliated Artist at the Massachusetts Institution of Technology (MIT), where she teaches piano.