Udi Perlman (b. 1990) is an Israeli-born composer based in Berlin and New Haven, Connecticut.
Described as “surprising, rich, and colorful” (Haaretz), Perlman’s orchestral, chamber, and vocal works incorporate the influences of the musical traditions he absorbed growing up in Israel with contemporary classical music sensibilities. His music has been commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival, Bang on a Can Festival, European Capital of Culture Festival, American Guild of Organists, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Yale Glee Club, International Ensemble Modern Academy, loadbang, Lysander Piano Trio, Israel Contemporary Players, Meitar Ensemble, and MultiPiano Ensemble, among others.
Perlman is a recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Pogorzelski-Yankee award from the American Guild of Organists, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Composer Award, the François Schapira Prize for Composition from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Klon Award for Young Composers from the Israeli Composers League, 1st Prize at the Israel Conservatory’s National Composition Competition, and 3rd prize from the Hamburger Camerata's International Composer Competition. He received scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Siday Fellowship for Musical Creativity, and the Baden-Württemberg-Stipendium. Perlman has been a fellow at MacDowell, I-Park Foundation, Herrenhaus Edenkoben, and the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA. Haaretz newspaper named him in 2021 as one of nine “most promising Israeli contemporary composers”.
Perlman is a DMA candidate in composition at the Yale School of Music, where his doctoral thesis won the 2022 Friedmann Thesis Prize. He holds degrees from the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin (Artist Diploma) and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (B. Mus. & M.Mus.). His mentors include Christopher Theofanidis, Aaron Jay Kernis, David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Jörg Widmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Yinam Leef and Menachem Wissenberg. Seasonally dividing his time between homes in Berlin and New Haven, Udi lives with his wife, literary scholar and translator Shira Miron.