SHAUL BUSTAN – composer conductor multi-instrumentalist


Shaul Bustan (double bass, oud and percussion)
Liron Yariv (cello)
Héloïse Lefebvre (violin)


Shaul Bustan, 35, composer, conductor and multi-instrumentalist has been honored to work with several influential orchestras and ensembles throughout Israel, Germany, Austria, Netherlands and the USA.

His music has been performed in concerts internationally by ensembles including: the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (USA), the Tiroler Ensemble für Neue Musik - Innsbruck (Austria), Musica Nova Ensemble (Israel) and Meitar Ensemble (Israel).

He performed with ensembles such as: The Israeli Sinfonietta Beer-Sheva, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Kaprizma Ensemble, and with his collective on the premiere of his own opera to high acclaim. In 2007-2011 Shaul worked as the musical director and conductor of the Emek Hayarden Plectrum Ensemble. He founded and worked as the musical director of the Gonenim Music Center 2003-2011.

Shaul received a Master's degree in Composition from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Among his teachers were violinist Motti Smidt, composer Haim Permont, and conductor and composer Aharon Harlap.
In 2011, Shaul moved to Berlin to focus on composition, develop his own projects and collaborate with artists in various fields. Since then, he is composing music for the Theater, developing a new project for children, playing with his Trio and honoured to compose for maestro Giora Feidman. Currently he is working as musical director and composer for the site specific theatre company Das letzte Kleinod and he is the conductor and musical director of the vocal ensemble Hinterhof49 and Vocal Harmonies choir in Berlin.

He won the Chana Avni-Yaddor's Composition Competition (2007-2008), the 2005/6 Deborah Grossman Award for Excellence in Music Education, with Das Letzte Kleinod the 'Theaterpreis des Bundes 2015' and 'Hermann-Allmers-Preis', and was awarded scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for his compositions and Mandolin playing (2002-2008). In 2017 he received a scholarship from the Berlin Senate. (in the JAZZ / composition section).


January 2018

20th of January at 8 pm - Café verweile doch, Breite Straße 2a, 13187 Berlin
Reading Performance "We are both meschugge" with the actress Claudia Schwartz
musical accompaniment: Shaul Bustan

February 2018

3th February at 7:30 pm - Schwartzsche Villa (Großer Salon), Grunewaldstraße 55 12165 Berlin
Admission: 12 € (10 €) Tickets:

March 2018

12th March at 7:30 pm - Stadtbibliothek - Bremerhaven
Reading Performance "We are both meschugge" with the actress Claudia Schwartz
musical accompaniment: Shaul Bustan

13th March at 8 pm - Hofbuchhandlung Kathrin Wellmann - Wardenburg
Reading Performance "We are both meschugge" with the actress Claudia Schwartz
musical accompaniment: Shaul Bustan

May 2018

3th May at 7 pm - Katholischen Familienbildungsstätte - Bonn
Reading "Etty Hillesum" with the actress Claudia Schwartz
musical accompaniment: Shaul Bustan

5th May at 8 pm - Bühne Bunter Vorhang - Unter den Linden 39, 21255 Tostedt
Reading Performance "We are both meschugge" with the actress Claudia Schwartz
musical accompaniment: Shaul Bustan

September 2018

2nd September at 5 pm - Ev. Kirchengemeinde Nordend, Schönhauser Str. 32, 13158 Berlin
Mandolin and Oud, Israeli and Yiddish songs, music from Iran, pieces by Bach, Vivaldi. Ben-Haim and own compositions.

October 2018

6th October at 7:30 pm - Old Parish Church Pankow, Breite Str. 37, 13187 Berlin

13th October at 8 pm - Kulturzentrum Marstall, Lübecker Straße 8, 22926 Ahrensburg

20th October at 7:30 pm - Kulturwirkstatt Ilow e.V., Ilow 18, 23974 Neuburg/OT Ilow

26th October at 7:30 pm - Johannisklang - Johanniskirchhof 22, Flensburg


COMPOSITIONS (selection)


Sirokos - for Violin, Bass Clarinet and Double bass,
Dur.  apx. 40 min. (2013) (Download excerpt - Pdf)
Music Lab and drafts: Excerpt (mp3 - 5'46")
Violin: Neta Rudich, Bass Clarinet: Florian Bergmann,
Double bass: Shaul Bustan


Kaddish (Jewish prayer of mourning) - Symphony orchestra
The Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva
conducted by  Doron Salomon
Dur.  14 min. (2006)
Excerpt (mp3 - 42")

Songs for Ilil

Songs for Ilil - lyrics by Shaul Tchernichovsky (6 Songs)
Flute/Piccolo, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Piano, Soprano, Violin/Viola, and Cello, Meitar Ensemble conducted by  Guy Feder,
Soprano: Tehila Nini- Goldstein (2009)

1st song (mp3 - 3'22")

Excerpt from the 4th song (mp3 - 1'10")

River Songs

River Songs (4 Songs) - The river sings to the stone
lyrics by Leah Goldberg - for SATB Choir,The Jerusalem Music Academy  students conducted by Tomer Haseg (2006)

1st song (mp3 - 3'03")

Das lange Gedicht

Das lange Gedicht - for Mezzo-soprano, Oboe, string quartet and contrabass,
Dur.  apx 20 min. (2013) (Download excerpt - Pdf)
*work in progress


Werkplaats Spoorzone Delft (Netherlands)
Het spoor voorbij - for Singer and Wind ensemble (2015)

Das Letzte Kleinod (Germany) - EXODUS - for Choir and Contrabass. (2014)
Irrfahrt der Holocaust - überlebenden (Deutschlandradio Kultur vom 23. Mai 2014)

With Claudia Schwartz
I, Export - for Contrabass. (2013) Trailer (YouTube - 1'56")
To Die For - for Voice and Contrabass. (2012)

Avgar group (Israel)
King Bahram Gur and His Beautiful Maidservant - Original musical theatre based on a Persian folktale (2010)







KISIWA CHA AMANI TANZANIA by Samweli Mandoo and Shaul Bustan (2015)
GOETZEN​/​LIEMBA by Das Letzte Kleinod (2015)
OSTWIND by Shaul Bustan and Nitai Levi (2014)
The Boy's Song to the River (2007)