Nurit Hirsh

Composer and creator. Winner of the Israel Prize. First place winner of 1973 Eurovision. Wrote music for cinema, plays and TV series.

Hundreds of Nurit Hirsh's songs are inalienable assets of the Hebrew Folk Song ("Zemer Ivri"). She composed more than one thousand songs. Among these: "Oseh Shalom," "Bashana Haba'a," and "Lalehet Shevi Ahare'a." She composed music for poems by Hayim Nahman Bialik, Natan Alterman, Lea Goldberg, Rahel, Tirza Atar and Dalia Rabikovitch, among many others. Hirsh collaborated with some of the best lyricists: Ehud Manor, Haim Hefer, Yoram Tahar-Lev, Rahel Shapira, Dudu Barak, Shimrit Or, and Lea Naor. Hirsh's songs won several prizes at both national and international festivals. She wrote music for cinema, television, theatre and video.

Nurit Hirsh was born in 1942 in Tel Aviv. She spent her military service in the Shiryon (Artillery division) Band as a Clarinet and as an Accordion player. Hirsh graduated with a degree in Piano from the Rubin Music Academy. Among her teachers: Alexander Boch, Mordechai Seter, Yehezkel Brown, Yitzhak Saday, Noam Sharif and Zvi Keren. After her graduation, she went to UCLA, where she studied music for cinema, contemporary music, and electronic music.

From an early age, Hirsh would accompany Opera singers. She was the pianist of "Hamam" theatre in Jaffa and of "Habima" theatre, and she accompanied the "Theater's Club Quartet." Her songs participated in many festivals, and she won prizes in festivals in Greece, Japan, Chile, Portugal, Malta, Brazil, Yugoslavia and Ireland. Her song "Ey Sham" made it to the fourth place in the 1973 Eurovision, and in 1978 she won first place with "Abanibi." In Israel, her songs "Ahavata Shel Tereza Di mon," "Baderekh Hazara," "Haderekh el Hakfar" and "Barba'aba" won prizes in several different festivals.

Hirsh composed soundtracks for 14 movies, among them are "Hashoter Azulai" and "Me'ahorey Hasoragim." She composed music for plays as well. One example is "Salah Shabati," which played in "Habima" Theater. Hirsh composed for several TV series, including: "Krovim Krovim," "Habyit Shel Fistuk," "Karusela," and "Imi Hageneralit." 

One of her projects was the children's videocassette series, "Dig Dig Dug," which won great success. Many of her children's songs became an important part of music used in kindergartens.

Additionally, many of her songs accompany folk dances. These songs came to constitute part of the repertoire of dancing groups all across Israel. In many cases the composer of these songs is forgotten, transfering the song's status to that of a folk song. 

Nurit Hirsch won the Israel Prize in 2016 for Hebrew Song.