Hed Bahak

Hed Bahak (b. 1994) is an Israeli composer currently living in Leipzig, Germany. His works have been performed by Ensemble Recherche, the Mivos Quartet, Quatuor Diotima, Klangforum Wien, Divertimento Ensemble, Ensemble Multilatérale, Les Métaboles and Meitar Ensemble, among others. He has participated in a number of composition masterclasses and workshops, including with Tristan Murail, Francesco Filidei, Mauro Lanza, Clara Iannotta, Pierluigi Billone, Lucia Ronchetti and Oscar Bianchi. He was selected to participate at the “Remus Georgescu” International Festival Composition Workshop with Francesco Filidei in Timișoara, Romania, at the 2022 “Nodus” residency in Les Coves de Vinromà, Spain, and at the Akademie Kontemporär 2023 in Hamburg with Ensemble Ascolta and Malika Kishino.

Hed Bahack has received several awards and scholarships, including the Deutscher Musikrat scholarship, Sharett Scholarship of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, 1st prize at the Israeli Composers’ League “Klon” competition, 2nd prize at the Szymanowski competition, the Israeli Conservatory competition and at the “New Vienna Symphony” competition, excellence scholarships for each of his student years at Tel Aviv University, and he was a finalist at the AICF “Aviv” competition.

He completed his bachelor degree of Music Composition under the guidance of Prof. Ruben Seroussi at the Tel Aviv University, Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, where he graduated “summa cum laude.” Currently he is studying towards a master’s degree in Music Composition at the Leipzig University of Music under the guidance of Prof. Fabien Lévy.

About the piece

Gravitating in Space explores a kind of an imagined nature, where the sound is in constant gradual development of space, movement, density and color. The title refers both to the imagined force of gravity acting upon the sounds, while they move and develop in the imagined musical space, and at the same time has the association of the movement in outer space.