At age sixteen Ezra Donner left his hometown of Buffalo, New York, to attend Interlochen Arts Academy in Northwest Michigan, where he studied piano with T.J. Lymenstull. Since then he has traveled the world composing, performing, conducting, and teaching, with performances throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Turkey. Awards and recognition for composition have come from The American Prize Competition, the Respighi Prize Competition, the Music Teachers’ National Association, the Boston New Music Initiative, the Midwest Graduate Music Consortium, ClefWorks, and the Tobenski-Algera Concert Series.
Ezra was selected as a Finalist in the 2nd Annual G. Gershwin International Music Competition in 2014, and was a Finalist in The American Prize awards for Conducting in 2017 and 2018. He has served as Accompanist at the Miami Summer Music Festival, Interlochen Arts Camp, University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and Brooklyn Repertory Opera, and has also frequently served as Music Director for The University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
Ezra currently serves as Music Director at The Birmingham Temple Congregation for Humanistic Judaism in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He also teaches at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as at several community music schools throughout the State. Ezra holds a Doctor of Music Degree in Composition from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music Degree with High Honors from the University of Michigan. His teachers have included Claude Baker, Don Freund, P.Q. Phan, Christopher Harding, Michael Colgrass, Bright Sheng, and William Bolcom.