At age sixteen Ezra Donner left his hometown of Buffalo, New York, to pursue the professional training that would enable him to realize his dream of a life in music. Since then he has traveled the world composing, performing, conducting, and teaching, with performances in New York’s Carnegie Hall and throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.
Ezra has received awards and recognition from The American Prize Competition, the Respighi Prize Competition, the Music Teachers’ National Association, and the 2nd Annual G. Gershwin International Music Competition. Ezra currently serves as Music Director at The Birmingham Temple Congregation for Humanistic Judaism in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and as Instructor of Piano at Ada Conservatory of Music in Forest Hills, Michigan. He has also been a frequent Music Director with The University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society since 2015.
Ezra is an alumnus of Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Michigan, and Indiana University, where he earned his Doctor of Music Degree in 2015. He is also an alumnus of Interlochen Arts Camp, the John Duffy Institute for New Opera, Brevard Music Center, and Miami Music Festival. His teachers have included Claude Baker, Don Freund, P.Q. Phan, Christopher Harding, Michael Colgrass, Bright Sheng, and William Bolcom.