Ronnie Reshef’s music has been described by the press as “Vivid, elegant… …smart, and gorgeous" (Houston Chronicle). Reshef’s work spans from classical music to Off-Broadway musicals, concentrating on works for the theater. Her first opera Requiem for the Living was performed in New York city, Kentucky, and Texas, where it was a finalist in 2011 Opera Vista competition (TX). Her musical Conspiracy: A Love Story had an Off-Broadway run at MITF (NYC), where it was nominated for best music and lyrics, among four other nominations. Her opera Something to Live For participated in Fort Worth Opera's (TX) 2014 Frontiers showcase, was chosen by Boston Metro Opera (MA) for a full production, and was a finalist in The American Prize (2015).
Reshef’s works were commissioned and performed by groups such as the Israeli Chamber Project, The Qube Quartet, Atlanta Opera, Hartford Opera Theater, The Secret Opera, Thompson Street Opera, The Revolution Orchestra, and the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, throughout the US and Israel in venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, Jazz in Lincoln Center, The Tank, Teneri Institute, Hateiva, and the Israel International Festival. Broadcasts include Israeli TV channel 1, Israeli radio Voice of the Music, Channel G’ (Gimel), Channel B’ (Bet), Galatz, Galgalatz, and more.
Theatre and film projects include collaborations with the Living Theatre, the Juilliard Drama Department, the Israeli Cameri Theatre, Gesher Theater, the Rubin Academy of Dance, and awards and nominations from the Berlin International Film Festival (special mention), the Estonian Parnu Film Festival (Grand Prize), and New York’s Midtown International Theatre Festival.
Ronnie worked for over eight years as the musical director and composer in residence of the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio, being in charge of the music studies in the studio, and composing, arranging, conducting and directing the music and soundtracks for dozens of shows, ranging from experimental theatre to American musicals. These years left a clear mark on her artistic world, which is evident in her work: many of her works maintain a deep connection to theatre, whether choosing traditional genres like in her opera Requiem for the Living and her musical Conspiracy: A Love Story, or going in rather experimental routes such as her piece Ambiguous Kafka. Other works also tend to have non-musical sources of inspiration (e.g poetry, fine art, narratives, historical and spiritual themes, and others).
Recent highlights include multiple professional staged performances of Reshef's four operas (NY, KY, GA, CT), and a full run of her musical Conspiracy: A Love Story in New York Midtown Theatre Festival; upcoming projects include revival productions of Reshef's short opera The Lifespan of a Fly, and a new opera with librettist Daniel Neer.
Fellowships and workshops include American Opera Projects’ 2011-2012 Composer and the Voice program, BMI’s Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, and a residency in Yaddo.
Ronnie serves as faculty at Ono Academic College and the Jerusalem Academy Conservatory. She holds a Doctoral degree from Manhattan School of Music, a Master’s degree from Mannes College the New School, and a bachelor’s degree from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy. Her main teachers include Richard Danielpour, Reiko Fueting, Steven Osgood, Robert Cuckson, and Tzvi Avni. Honors include the Jordan Berk Prize, Atlanta Opera 24-Hour-Opera Competition, The American Prize, and Boston Metro Opera’s Main Stage Award, as well as the Sam Spiegel Excellence Prize for film scoring and the Israeli Shirimon Arrangement Prize.