"Or Matias is marvelous"
- Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“Nothing comes close to giving the same transporting pleasure as Matias’s ravishing piano playing."
- Marilyn Stasio, Variety Magazine
"We just wish everyone would shut up so we could listen to Matias play.""
- David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
Or Matias is a composer, lyricist, pianist, conductor, and music producer. Since graduating from Juilliard, Or has been featuring cross-genre fusions of various styles, including: classical, jazz, rock, hip-hop, and pop. Or consistently attempts to break the barriers between his musical passions.
As a composer, Or is currently working on a new musical adaptation of The Wave, the 1967 experiment which turned an entire high school into a proto-fascist movement in just five days. He began developing the piece at the Ucross Artists Residency, and was invited to Indiana University to continue the developmental process in the fall of 2017 and again in the spring of 2018. He frequently composes for the radio show “Israel Story” alongside other collaborations in Israel. His musical Wall Between Us, about a relationship between two Israeli and Palestinian men, was performed across the United States to wide acclaim. He is currently writing scores for Rising to the Tap featuring tap dancer Andrew Nemr, and a musical about Polish composer and prime minister Ignacy Paderewsky, sponsored by The Adam Mickiewicz Institute of Poland.
Most recently, Or has worked with Josh Groban, The Trans Siberian Orchestra, Ingrid Michaelson, violin virtuoso Amadeus Leopold, songstress Rachael Yamagata, and tap dancer Andrew Nemr, alongside countless others. His touring has taken him to New Zealand, Australia (Melbourne Festival), Germany, Kosovo, and all over the US, where he performed to sold-out crowds and wide acclaim. Or produced a single for Josh Groban titled ‘Dust and Ashes’, released in the summer of 2016. Or served as music director and conductor for Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway.
In the summer of 2015, Or played the role of Sergei Rachmaninoff in Lincoln Center's production of Preludes, for which he was nominated for the Lucille Lortel award for Outstanding Supporting Actor. His performance was described as “marvelous” by the New York Times and “ravishing” by Variety. He also music directed and conducted the world premiere production of Michael John LaChiusa’s First Daughter Suite at the Public Theater, and served as the music and sound advisor on Anaïs Mitchell’s critically acclaimed Hadestown at New York Theatre Workshop. Or has served as the music director for the NY branch of Playing for Change – an organization which raises money through concerts to build music facilities for underprivileged kids worldwide.
Growing up, Or participated in numerous classical chamber music festivals worldwide. At age 16, Or worked closely with violin legend Itzhak Perlman at The Perlman Program in Shelter Island. Other festivals include Musica Mundi in Belgium, The Banff Festival in Canada, Gijon International Piano Festival in Spain and the Music Academy of the West in California. Master classes and lessons include Yoheved Kaplinsky, Maxim Vengeroff, and the Takacs Quartet, to name a few. While at Juilliard, Or studied piano with Prof. Julian Martin. Previously he studied with Dr. Sharon Mann and Ms. Hadassah Gonen. He also holds a Masters of Fine Arts from NYU, where he received a Dean's Fellowship, and full scholarship for his studies. He is proudly endorsed by Yamaha.
Or believes that all music is universal, and his biggest passion is collaboration.