Maoz Ezra, Classical guitar
Classical guitarist, composer & arranger Maoz Ezra has performed in Israel, France
and the USA. He has performed as a soloist as well as in chamber music and
premiered many new pieces. Major international venues include Carnegie hall, the
92 street Y and Merkin Hall in New York City, Theatre de la Veille Gris in Paris and the
festival "Avec Israel-Rencontre sur les chemins de la Paix" in Montpelier and Felicia
Blumanthal Hall in Tel Aviv.
His performances have been reviewed by Nylon Review Magazine as “A ravishing
presentation…a fine and lyrical presentation…an admirable job…” , and by The
Times Herald Record as "sparkling" and "tasteful".
His world premiere recording of Jewish Sonata by Vahl, was featured in "Kol Ha-
musica" The Israeli classical music radio chanel.
He recently released his first CD , "East", which explores music from the Middle
East, East of Europe and the far East.
A native of Israel, Mr. Ezra began taking music classes at a the age of seven years
old. In 2000, he moved to Paris where he lived for five years and studied at the
"Ecole Normale Supérieure de Musique de Paris" and the "Conservatoire National Regional
(CNR) de Paris . In September 2005, after he received a scholarship from the
Manhattan School of Music, he moved to New York to pursue his studies there. Later
on, he completed his studies in CUNY Brooklyn College, where he received a Masters
degree in music performance.
Recently , Maoz studied Otoman music with Oud master Mavrothi Knontanis, and
began exploring microtonal music on the Fretless guitar.
In addition to performing, Mr. Ezra is also the founder and the director of
EzraGuitar for Little Stars, an innovative guitar teaching program for young children
. He is married to Soprano Leilah Dione Ezra and a father to Daphna, and Sahara,
and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.