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Omer Ashano

Omer Ashano is an award-winning Israeli Jazz and cross-genre violinist currently residing in New York City, USA. Omer Ashano began playing classical violin at the age of six where he studied under local teachers in the town where he grew up. At the age of 13 he switched to guitar through which he got exposed to Blues, Jazz and the possibilities of improvisation. At the age of 15 Omer decided to take the skills and concepts he learned through Guitar about improvisation and develop them on the Violin in addition to the explorations of eclectic violin playing styles from Indian, Bluegrass, Celtic and Klezmer music. Continuing practicing both Jazz and Classical music, Omer was recruited to the Israeli military under the status of an "Outstanding Musician" given by the Israeli ministry of education. This status allowed him to keep studying and pursuing his musical career during his military service and throughout that period Omer studied both in The Israeli Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv and also in the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. In 2014 Omer won the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship for Jazz performance and in 2018 graduated from The New School of Jazz in Manhattan with Honors. Omer is a high-demand artist in the NYC music scene whilst continuing to record and perform internationally with different bands and artists in the fields of Jazz, Rock, Folk and World Music scenes. These days Omer has collaborated with a multi- cultural band including members from Burkina Faso, Venezuela and France, to initiate a musical project based mainly on Zimbabwean music and facilitating guitar styles from West and Central Africa into Omer’s original compositions.


-The America-Israel Cultural foundation scholarship (2014)


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About Omer Ashano Israeli jazz violinist Omer Ashano started playing violin when he was six years old, later taking up the guitar at age 13. At the time, his guitar teachers were the influencers who exposed Omer to the styles of Blues, Rock n' Roll and Jazz as well as the ideas and possibilities surrounding improvisation. It was from this exposure that Omer started experimenting with this new knowledge and adapting it for the violin and late forging ...

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“...He got that sort of Didier Lockwood sound but really pushes it forward and playing in his own way. You can just really tell it’s him when he’s playing.” (Matt Holborn, The Jazz Violin Podcast)

“Dervishly moving violin”. (Fiona Ord-Shrimpton, All About Jazz)

Primary Instrument



New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Jazz violin lessons for all levels! Message [email protected] for inquiries



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Alive In New York

Omer Ashano Music


New York City

Hot Club Records



From: Alive In New York
By Omer Ashano


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