Copyright © Ariel Lazarus

Ariel Lazarus is a unique voice among Israeli composers today. Brought up in a family with Jewish musical roots (Hazannut) both in Gibraltar and Westphalia, he began composing and playing the guitar in his teens, and has been committed to developing his own compositional language ever since, always maintaining an open dialogue with his traditions. 

​Ariel has received diplomas in classical guitar performance and composition from from the Oklahoma City University where he studied with American composer Edward Knight. He continued his Ph.D. studies with Israeli composers Gideon Lewensohn and Betty Olivero at Bar Ilan University. His symphonic compositions were premiered by the Israeli Raanana Symphony Orchestra, and his chamber works by various performers in Germany, USA, France, Luxemburg, Hungary Gibraltar and Israel.

Ariel currently holds a position as music lecturer at the Academy for music education "Givat Washington", the Ono Academic College and the "Rimon" School of Jazz, . He performs concerts worldwide and gives master classes

Ariel is married to Yamit and father to Uri, Emily and Agam.


A new CD of Ariel's intimate compositions had been released this summer under the german based label "smooth-factor".