Born in Moscow and educated in Israel and the US, Matti Kovler wrote his first opera at the age of 17. His works have since been performed in Jerusalem, Amsterdam, Boston, Oslo and New York, by the Metropole Orchestra (Holland), Fox Studios Symphony Orchestra (Los Angeles), the Ariel Quartet (Boston) and the Brillaner Duo (Berlin). Recent projects included a Carnegie Hall commission—a monodrama for soprano and chamber ensemble; the work, Here Comes Messiah!, was premiered at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in 2009. Matti has just received his PhD at the New England Conservatory. He has been a fellow at the Tanglewood and the Aspen Music Festivals, and at Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Italy).