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Pianist/composer/educator Micu Narunsky’s professional musical experience spans over three decades.

Born in Israel in 1964, Micu studied music in Tel-Aviv (Thelma-Yellin School), New-York (The Julliard School), Canada (The Banff Centre), France (Conservatoire de Versailles and the Conservatoire de St. Maur) and South Africa (obtaining an MMUS degree from the University of Cape Town). Some of the musicians with whom Micu studied include Classical pianist Mindru Catz, Dave Holland, John Abercrombie, Richie Beirach, Dave Liebman, Don Thompson, Muhal Richard Abarams, Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smith, Steve Coleman, among others.

From 1985 to 1988 Micu lived and studied in New York City (The Julliard School and private lessons with various jazz artists). During that period he attended workshops at The Banff Centre in Canada directed by bassist Dave Holland (1986, 1988).

Upon his return to Israel in 1988, Micu became active on the Israeli jazz scene both as performing artist and as educator. From 1988 to 1996, Micu taught jazz at the Rimon School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Ramat Hasharon, Israel (www.rimonschool.co.il) and directed jazz programmes at two high schools for the arts (Alon and Mor). As a faculty member of Rimon, Micu represented the school at a conference of the IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz) held in Dublin/Ireland in 1991 (www.iasj.com). As a performing artist Micu played regularly in jazz clubs and festivals all over Israel, including the Eilat ‘Red-Sea Jazz Festival’.


From 1996 to 2003 Micu lived, performed, studied and taught in Paris, France. His performing experience included ‘gigs’ at prestigious jazz clubs (La Villa, Au Duc des Lombards) and a live-recorded performance at the Maison de Radio France. During that period Micu also performed in Bordeaux, as well as in Belgium.
While living in France Micu studied the organ with world-renowned organist Christophe Mantoux (organist at the St. Severin church in St. Michel, Paris).

In 2004 Micu moved to Cape Town, South Africa to pursue his interest in winemaking, after having studied enology at the university of Bordeaux. In addition to his full time occupation as winemaker, Micu is active on the South African jazz scene, performing regularly at venues such as the Green Dolphin, Nassau Centre and the Grahamstown Arts Festival.