2024 JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SOLO) | Noam Lemish | | The JUNO Awards

Noam Lemish is a pianist, composer, educator and scholar based in Toronto, Canada. He has appeared in numerous performances and conducted workshops across Canada, the US, Europe, Israel, and in Bhutan and has released multiple albums, including most recently Twelve (2022), Erlebnisse (2021) and Pardes (2018). Lemish is presently engaged in a diverse array of projects including the Noam Lemish Orchestra, a co-led quartet with oudist/guitarist Amos Hoffman, a duo with percussionist George Marsh as well as premiering and recording the piano music of composer W.A. Mathieu.

His compositions include jazz works for large and small ensembles, chamber, choral, piano, and “The People’s King”: a commissioned transcultural suite in celebration the King of Bhutan’s 30th birthday composed while teaching music in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan in 2010. As director of the Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative (I=I), a multiple grant-winning collective of Israeli and Iranian performers, Lemish has brought Israeli and Iranian musicians and audiences together, in dialogue and celebration, challenging the formal political hostilities between Iran and Israel through critically acclaimed and sold-out concerts at major venues and festivals. Lemish holds a doctorate from the University of Toronto and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at York University.