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Born in Israel to a Morrocan mother and a Polish father, Nitai started playing the clarinet at age 12, only to discover his love for the piano at age 15. Around that time, he was first exposed to the sound of jazz giants such as Wynton Kelly and Sonny Clark.

 

By the time he was 17, Nitai had moved to Tel Aviv to combine regular school with private music and piano lessons under the guidance of jazz educators Amit Golan and Yuval Cohen. He soon became interested in a rich variety of both classical and jazz music.

 

Nitai also studied classical music and theory for two years with well-known Israeli composer and educator Dr. Menahem Weisenberg and classical music educators Shoshana Cohen and Amir Pedorovits.

 

Nitai has performed and collaborated with many noted artists, among them- 

Jorge Rossy, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Greg Tardy, Charles Davis, Mark Guiliana, Zohar Fresco, Steve Davis Diego Urcola and Robert Sadin He has also recorded for Daniel Zamir’s "Redemption Songs" (John Zorn's Tzadik) "One" (Hatav Hashmini), for flutist Ilan Salem’s album, "Wild "(Razdaz), in 2011, and for Avi Lebovich’s 2013 album, "Volcano".  Nitai can also be heard on Layerz's "Things On Top of Eachother" (RawTapes/2014), featured artist on "All Original" (Razdaz/2014) and  Sprouts' "Sprouts" (Indie/2013).

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Nitai was awarded the highest scholarship given by the Israel-American Music Foundation (AICF) four years in a row between 2004 and 2010. Another highlight was his onetime prestigious Chase Scholarship award in 2009 sponsoring a B.A. degree at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music.

 

Nitai has had the privilege of touring all over the world and performing at many different venues: Salle Pleyel, Vienna Konzerthaus, l’Olympia, Alter Oper, North Sea Jazz Festival, Antibes Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, Montreux Jazz Festival, Barbican Center and Tonhalle, to name but a few.

 

Nitai has been collaborating with internationally acclaimed bassist and composer Avishai Cohen. Avishai released Duende (EMI/Blue Note) in May 2012. Nitai joins Avishai on the piano in this beautiful duet album and in the arrangement of two of the tracks. In November 2013, the album Almah (EMI/Parlophone) was released, featuring a string quartet and an oboe. The latest trio recording, From Darkness, was released in February 2015.