Guri Agmon is an Israeli composer, arranger, saxophone player and educator.
His compositions include orchestral, vocal and chamber works, as well as music for jazz combo and big band. In 2015 he won the Prime Minister’s Prize for Jazz Composition, the most prestigious of its kind in Israel. Guri also writes music for the theatre and has received an award for “Best Theatre Music” in the Acre Theatre Festival. His arrangements (for variety of ensembles) are commissioned and recorded by Israel’s top orchestras and small groups and are performed by many jazz and popular singers.
As a big band conductor and musical director, Guri is very busy performing steadily with a number of big bands that feature Israeli and international soloists.
For many years Guri has been an active sax player with various jazz groups, playing concerts, festivals, clubs as well as on radio and TV. He played in the combo that won the award for “Best Israeli Jazz Group” in the 1991 Red Sea Jazz Festival. Having a classical training, he has performed the Glazounov saxophone concerto as a soloist with the Israel Camerata. For 18 years he was the first call on saxophone at the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, in addition to performing with other major orchestras in the country.
As one of the founders (in 1986) of the Rimon School of Music in Israel, Guri was deeply involved in developing its curriculum and syllabi and has acted as the school’s Academic Director. Nowadays he is the Chair of Jazz Harmony, the Chair of Ear Training and a member of the academic committee. He is a senior lecturer at the school, teaching jazz composition and arranging, traditional and jazz harmony, ear training, improvisation, saxophone/clarinet and methodology.
In addition, Guri was (in 2001) one of the founders of the Jazz and Multi-Disciplinary program at the Jerusalem Music and Dance Academy and has acted as the Head of the program. For many years he was a senior lecturer at the Academy and taught jazz composition and arranging, jazz harmony, analysis, ear training, improvisation, saxophone/clarinet and methodology.
Guri holds a Bachelor’s degree in composition (magna cum laude) from Berklee College of Music and a Master's degree in composition (magna cum laude) from the Jerusalem Music and Dance Academy.