"Growing up in this “Jewish-Arabic” context formed the basis of his ‘Seeds of Hope’ composition... with the objective of fostering collaboration between Jews, Muslims and Christians."

(Malta Today)

Doron Kima “utilizes some extremely arresting musical gestures and makes good use of jazzy rhythms, with effective use of contrasts between sections. The composer is clearly in control of the material and instruments”

(The American Prize Composition Competition)


Doron’s personal background and professional experiences have taken place in the Middle East, Europe, and the USA. Born to Jewish Iraqi parents in Israel, Doron seeks to promote cultural understanding and cross-cultural communication in particular between Muslims and Jews. His concerto-type composition Seeds of Hope for nay (Arabic flute), oud (Arabic lute), and orchestra is based on the aesthetic principles of Arabic Maqam theory, while his delicate and intricate chamber work Song of Songs In the Garden of Delights for female voice, flute, harp, and two percussion players is taken from the biblical Song of Songs.


His works are published by Capstone Records, Schott Music Corporation, Mercury Records (collaboration with Cross-Fade productions, Netherlands), Bald Wins Records and Navona Records. His composition As From a Dream for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano is worldwide commercially distributed by Naxos. His compositions are included in the Society of Composers, Inc. CD Series, Society of Composers Journal of Music Scores, and National Association of Composers USA Southeast Chapter CD. His composition Kislev has been selected for the International Award Wining Living Composers Concert of the National Association of Composers USA Southeast Chapter. He is a recipient of the Promising Artists of the 21st Century Award of Centro Cultural Costa Rica.


Doron holds a doctorate in music composition from Florida State University, masters in jazz piano from Florida State and bachelors in jazz piano from Amsterdam School of the Arts in the Netherlands. His principle composition teachers include Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Zwilich, Ladislav Kubik, Mark Wingate, and Ruud van Dijk. Doron taught at Florida State University, the Open University of Israel, conducted master classes at the National Editus Academy and the University of Costa Rica San Jose, and served as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Doron is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Coordinator of Jonathan Wohl School of Music at Ono Academic College.

His jazz compositions range from lead sheets to big band charts and he appears on numerous jazz and commercial music recordings. He recorded/performed with Deborah Brown, Carl Allen, Mike Stern, Marcus Printup and Vincent Gardner among others. As a jazz pianist he has appeared at major festivals in the US, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal and Israel. These include the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, and the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Israel.

News & Articles

Israel premier of As From a Dream for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano on Nov. 29, 2017 @ 20:30, Ran Baron Hall, Israel Conservatory of Music Tel Aviv with the Israeli Chamber Project: Guy Eshed, Flute | Tibi Cziger, Clarinet | Daniel Bard, Violin | Michal Korman, Cello | Yael Kareth, Piano


Jordan premier of Dialogue for solo organ on May 6 @ 19:00, 2017 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Amman. Prof. Calvert Johnson on organ.


Israel premier of Dialogue on, Tuesday, May 9 @ 19:00, 2017 at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. George, Jerusalem. Prof. Calvert Johnson on organ.

New commission for a solo organ piece by Prof. Emeritus Calvert Johnson. World premier Nov. 28, 2015 @ the Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale.


World premier of “Seeds of Hope” by the Malta Philharmonic orchestra, Dec. 4, 2015; Soloists Nizar Al Issa - oud, Bashir Abdel Al - nay, and Raoul Lay - conductor.  


Collaboration with “Caravan”; Peace building through the arts.


On Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale 2015.


On United Religions Initiative, bridge religious & cultural differences.


CD Release: Pendulum, Navona Records, worldwide commercial distribution by Naxos. Official release date Aug.12, 2014.


Serves as the USA College Music Society’s International Ambassador to Israel.

Seeds of Hope for nay, oud, and orchestra

Played by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale; conductor - Raoul Lay, nay - Bashir Abdel Aal, and oud - Nizar Al Issa.

As From a Dream for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano

Navona Records (NV5963), worldwide commercial distribution by Naxos; Carlos Feller, flute; Wonkak Kim, clarinet; John Thayer, violin; Katie Geeseman, cello; Eun-Hee Park, piano; and Edward Kawakami, conductor.

© 2016 by Doron Kima