Artistic Director Marmoucha Orchestra
Pianist, composer & musician
Specialisation in western classical music
Avishai Darash is an Amsterdam-based pianist and composer whose style is derived from North African traditional music, western classical music, American jazz and Israeli folk, amongst others.
Avishai’s enthusiasm for music developed at an early age and his family encouraged him to pursue his interest.
In 2010, Avishai completed a bachelor's degree at the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance. In the course of his studies, Avishai gained international experience when he travelled to New York City, where Brad Mehldau took him under his tutelage for a while.
In late 2010, Avishai moved to the Netherlands to complete a joint honours degree programme at the esteemed Conservatorium van Amsterdam, studying both jazz music and classical composition.
From 2012 to 2017, Avishai worked closely with Dutch/Moroccan oud virtuoso and his future Marmoucha Orchestra colleague, Mohamed Ahaddaf, as his pianist and arranger. They toured Northern Africa, Europe and South-East Asia and released two albums together, Spoken Soul and Seasons.
Avishai's debut album Impermanence featured rising talents of the international jazz scene – Ofri Nehemya on drums and Avri Borochov on bass, alongside a string quartet from the award-winning Metropole Orkest. In 2018, Avishai released the Nomadic Treasures Project, a European-based collective of musicians under Italian label A.MA Edizioni. The album received rave reviews. His second album, with the Samskara label, was released in May 2019.