Tamar Muskal earned her degrees in composition from the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance and Yale University. Her composition teachers included Mark Kopytman, Jacob Druckman, Martin Bresnock, Tania leon and David Del Tredici.
Recent and future commissions include a double concerto for saxophone and viola for the Williamsport Symphony, a piece for the Close Encounters With Music series to celebrate the 100 anniversary of women’s suffrage, an orchestral piece for the Idyllwild Arts Academy, music for a documentary film about finding the cure for blindness narrated by Robert Redford, a song cycle for Jo Lawry, Sting’s backup singer commissioned by ASCAP and music for the historic film “La
Venganza de Pancho Villa” for a string quartet and a Mexican singers for the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
Ms. Muskal has served as the Westchester Philharmonic’s educational composer-in-residence in the years 2001-2004, and in that capacity composed three orchestral pieces based on student’s artwork and poetry. Ms. Muskal also focuses on music for theater. Works for which she composed the music include Angles In America performed in Cincinnati, The Labor Of Life and The Seven Beggars performed at La Mama Theater in New York and Cristable and Trojan Women performed in New Haven.
Tamar received grants and awards from institution such as ASCAP, Meet-the-Composer, the Jerome Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Academy of Arts and Letters, the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, American Music Center and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She received the first place winning-prize from the Third Millennium Ensemble, the Left Coast Ensemble and the Tampa Bay Composers Forum, and the Theodore Front Prize from IAWM for “The Yellow Wind” (2007), a work which was also was nominated for a Pulitzer prize. While at Yale she received four awards for her compositions and achievements.
In 2014 a performance of a piece by Tamar was mentioned by Anthony Tommasini, music critic of the New York Times, as one of the best 10 music events of the year.