Menachem Wiesenberg got his Phd Degree in Composition at the Music Department in the Bar Ilan University and graduated with a Masters degree from the Juilliard School of Music. He is a Professor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and was until recently Dean Faculty of Composition Conducting and Music Education. Before that he served as Dean Faculty of Cross Disciplinary Music (which he has founded) at the Academy. In addition, Mr. Wiesenberg is the Director of theory and analysis activities for the Young Strings Players Group and Director of Piano Program Course for the Young Musicians Group at the Jerusalem Music Center founded by the late Maestro Isaac Stern. He was nominated the first Visiting Israeli Composer by the J.M.I. in London. His music is published by the Schott Edition and by the I.M.I.
Menachem Wiesenberg is winner of the “2012 Prime Minister prize for composition”, the 2010 life time achievment Award in Composition granted by the Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers in Israel (ACUM Ltd.), the 2008 Landau prize for the Performing Arts in the Classical Composition category and the ‘1998 Prime Minister prize for composition’. He was awarded the 1992 prize for outstanding achievement in the concert music field by ACUM Ltd.. He was granted fellowships as composer in residence by the ‘Rockefeller Foundation’, the ‘Bogliasco Foundation’ and the ‘Virginia Center for Creative Arts’.
His oeuvre covers a wide range of styles from orchestral, chamber and vocal works in the classical field to light music and jazz. His music has been performed all over Europe, Russia, USA, Australia, South Africa and Japan. His orchestral music has been performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Kansas Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Bremen Kammerphilharmonie, the Mahler Chamber Otchestra, the Potsdam Kammerakademie Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra and every major Symphony and Chamber Orchestra in Israel. His Chamber music has been played by ensembles such as the the Berlin Philharmonic Strings Octet, the Jerusalem Quartet, and many more.
The composer has garnered renown for his arrangements of Israeli and Yiddish folk songs, and his interest in the folk music of his native land serves as a fundamental influence throughout all of his compositional activity. He has received a prize-together with the well known singer Mira Zakai- for performing Israeli music and in particular for his playing and arrangments in the CD “Song of Land”.
His music appears internationally on several CDs, distributed most notably under the EMI, Koch International and Live Classics labels (LCL 804 and LCL 807). Performances of his music have received many broadcasts by Radio Cologne, Radio Bavaria, Radio Geneva, French Internatinal Radio and by the Israel Broadcasting Service.
He has performed as a soloist as well as chamber music pianist in Israel, Europe and America.In addition, Mr Wiesenberg used to be also a proffessional Jazz Pianist performing with his Jazz Trio all over Israel.
Menachem Wiesenberg has given Composition Master Classes and Lectures in many Academies in the States and in England, among them should be mentioned The USC, The Harvard Musis Department, the Oregon University, the New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, the Colburn College of Music and Mannes College in the USA, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London, the RNCM in Manchester and the Faculty of Music at the Oxford University.