Stephen Horenstein
Composer, Saxophonist,
Multi-Reed Player

Stephen Horenstein was born in 1948, in Boston, MA, and emigrated to Israel in 1980. After graduating from Trinity College/Hartt School of Music (BA), formal flute studies with Marcel Moyse, and the University of Wisconsin (MA in Composition), Horenstein was appointed to the faculty of Bennington College (Black Music Department, Dance, 1973-1980). His first formative work as a creative player was with musical innovator Bill Dixon, with whom he recorded and performed extensively for over a decade (Festival D’Autumne, Verona Festival; Vision Festival, recordings on Black Saint-Soul Note, etc.).


Upon arriving in Israel, Horenstein taught at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (1981-86), Tel Aviv University (1982-1986), after which he founded the Jerusalem Institute of Contemporary Music (1987-present).


He has collaborated with many well-known artists, including Isamu Noguchi, Steve Paxton, Israeli Hadani, Rena Schoenfeld, Kibbutz Dance Company, Vertigo, Esti Kenan-Ofri, and virtuoso percussionist, Jeffery Kowalsky. He has also been guest artist and lecturer at Brandeis University; Middlebury Colege; SUNY, Purchase; and Stanford University. Horenstein received his PhD from Hebrew University, and published a work on perception of time in music.


Stephen Horenstein’s works for ensemble, small orchestra, soloist and electronics have been performed in festivals worldwide, including: NY International Festival, Other Worlds, Milan; Vienna Harp Festival; Media Mix, University of York; ICMF, Hong Kong; Israel Festival; Helsinki Festival; Red Sea Festival, and others. His recordings include: Collages (Black Saint Soul Note) and Between the Silences (JICM Recordings).Recent experimental collaborations are featured on Kadima Collective Records, with J.C. Jones. His latest projects include a forthcoming 60th birthday retrospective. Horenstein’s work uses documentary sources, many of them from Jewish sound archives, as well a new vision of the 21st century orchestra.


Temperamental Trio
Raw and the Cooked
KCR 06, 2006
press review
Wight Night in
Tel Aviv
June 2006 -
KCR 11, 2007
February 2008 -
KCR 14
Joelle Leandre
Live in Israel
KCR 17, 2008
Gunter Baby Sommer
Live in Jerusalem,
KCR 19, 2009
Featuring Steve Horenstein baritone sax,Yoni Silver bass clarinet, Harold Rubin clarinet and voice, Ariel Shibolet soprano sax, Jake Marmer poetry, JC Jones bass and vocalist Yael Tai
Myelination - JC Jones
KCR 32, 2011