Nir Comforty is a faculty member of the Buchman-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv University since 2005.He is an active solo and chamber musician. He collaborated with artists such as Tabea Zimmermann, Sergio Azzolini, Chen Halevy, Aviv Quartet and Jerusalem Quartet. Mr. Comforty is the assistant principal bass player of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) since 2004. Born in 1976 in Israel, he began music studies with piano at age 6 and bass at age 14. He studied with Eduard Zlatkin, Peter Marck and received the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships during all his study years.
Nir Comforty studied orchestral conducting under Prof. Mendi Rodan at the Jerusalem Academy of Music where he had awarded a B Mus. degree with honors. He continued bass studies in Germany with Günter Klaus and Stephan Petzold and graduated the H. Eisler Music Academy in Berlin. During his studies there, he played regularly with three of the most important symphony orchestras in Germany: The Berliner Sinfonie Orchester, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester- Berlin and the Staatskapelle Berlin under the baton of maestro Daniel Barenboim.
He attended master classes with Franco Petracchi (Italy, summer 2000), Jane Saksala and Esko Laine (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), Boguslaw Furtok (Radio Symphony Orchestra- Frankfurt) and Barbara Sanderling (H. Eisler Music Academy-Berlin). Mr. Comforty has participated in music festivals (Verbier festival and academy in Switzerland, Voice of Music chamber music festival in the upper Galilee, Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival) and tours to Europe, USA, South America and the Far East with different orchestras. He is a member of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra since 2004. In 2005, he founded along with colleagues from the IPO the New Israeli Ensemble, a group specializing in the combination of stringed and wind instruments, with which he performs extensively at Israel's most important concert series: Tel Aviv Museum, Jerusalem music center, the Israel broadcasting authority's “Etnachta” program, the Brigham Young University in Jerusalem and others.