ariel lazarus

.composer I Performer I Ph.D

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In the friction between composing and performing -
Thats where true music exists for me 

Dr. Ariel Lazarus is a unique voice among Israeli composers today. Brought up in a family with Jewish musical roots (Hazannut) both in Gibraltar and Westphalia, he began composing and playing the guitar in his teens, and has been committed to developing his own compositional language ever since, always maintaining an open dialogue with his traditions. ​Ariel's symphonic works where premiered by the Israeli Ra'anana Symphony Orchestra , and his chamber works by various performers world wide. Ariel has been invited to perform in Portugal, Germany, the USA, France, Luxembourg, Hungary Gibraltar, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Israel. Ariel's recordings where released by the European German based botique label "SmoothFactor" and has gained critical acclaim by various News Papers, TV and Radio shows (Haaretz, IBA, KAN Tarbut, 88 FM, Neue Westfalishe etc) Ariel is the musical director and co-founder of the Israeli Ladino Orchestra. Ariel has earned his Ph.D. at the Bar Ilan University, studying composition with Prof. Betty Olivero and Prof. Gideon Lewensohn and and conducted research under the supervision of Prof. Edwin Seroussi from the Hebrew University. Ariel has received BMus and MMus diplomas in classical guitar performance and composition from the Oklahoma City University where he studied with American composer Dr. Edward Knight. ​ Ariel currently holds a position as music lecturer at the Academic College for Music Education "Givat Washington", and the "Rimon School of Music" . He performs concerts worldwide and gives master classes.

​Ariel is married to Yamit and father to Uri, Emily and Agam.

Latest Release

“Ariel Lazarus’s beautiful album blends together his roots in a natural and brilliantly performed way”
Noam Ben Ze’ev , Ha’aretz.




Rehovot. Israel



Contemporary Classical,

Sefardi, Alternative

years active//



associated acts//

Israeli Ladino Orchestra

Freylech y Palmas

Shirim Haim

Jerusalem De Sefarad





Ariel Lazarus, Smoothfactor



Israeli Music Institute, Or-Tav

academic affiliation as lecturer//

Rimon School of Music

Givat Washington Colleague


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 direct booking for concerts, masterclasses and musical lectures


israeli ladino orchestra booking


Israel music institute

אור תו    Ortav Tel Aviv


Michael Schulte Smoothfactor, Melle .


chamber and orchestral