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John Bostock

John Bostock - composer/improvising musician. Among his composition teachers were: Arie Shapira (Israel) and Anne Boyd (Sydney, Australia), Leon Schidlowsky (Israel) and Ross Edwards (Sydney); jazz piano teachers: Hal Galper(New York)and Roger Frampton (Sydney) and Don Sebesky (New York) with whom he studied Contemporary Writing and Arranging.

He has appeared at the 2006 White Night Festival in Tel Aviv, with saxophonist John Tchicai, at the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, 2006, with Danny Benedict and Ora Boazson-Horev; and at Jazz for Peace Festival, Pescara, Italy, 2003, Jazz, Blues and Videotapes Festival, Tel Aviv, 1998, Jazz at the Red Sea Festival, Eilat, Israel, 1997, and the Israel Festival, Jerusalem, in 1996 with the Albert Beger Quartet.

He performed with the Albert Beger Quartet from its inception in 1994, and recorded two CD’s with them: “This Life” (released by NMC in Israel and Sony Corporation in Europe) and “The Primitive”( NMC).

Available recordings include: Seeing Sky - a disc of solo piano improvisations, Journey to Gythia - original jazz compositions in a piano trio format, and Works 1993 - 2001 - a collection of Orchestral and Chamber music.

Regrettably, Bostock does not play or follow football.


John Bostock received the “Golden Feather” Prize from ACUM, the Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers in Israel, on two occasions; in 2000 for his "String Quartet No 1" and in 2004 for "When Thou My Love Who".


“Bostock's works are the opposite of postcards: sketches of feelings and emotions, based on patient observation and profound attentiveness.” Ben Shalev " Ha’Aretz. "Australian born pianist / composer John Bostock, who has been living in Israel since the late 1980s, is one of the most interesting musicians active in the country. "Seeing Sky", collects Bostock’s solo piano pieces, recorded over a period of eight years. The music ranges from spontaneous compositions to improvisations on written themes. It might come as a great surprise to the listener to find out how beautifully melodic this music is, even when completely improvised

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Ph.D. in Composition from University of Sydney, 2004



From: TA CAT
By John Bostock


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