Arik Livnat is one of the top Israeli saxophone players. Also plays flutes, and shofar. He recorded and performed together with some of the best artists in Israel, and also made an appearance with the American singer Stevie Wonder.
He received "America Israel" Foundation grants for jazz music. "ACUM" (Israeli composers organization) Golden Feather award for the year 2000, with his brother, Aviv Livnat, for their original music. They won the British "Millennium Award" for music which they wrote for London West End Theater production.
Arik performs and records with his brother, Aviv Livnat (guitar, song, and composition), together they released seven albums. They perform their special original music and contemporary Yiddish jazz music in Israel and abroad. The Livnat Brothers recent concert tours have included England, France, Belgium, U.S.A, Poland, Bulgaria, The Czech Republic, Sweden, and even appeared lately before the US President, Bill Clinton and in a U.N.-organized concert.
Arik is Leading his own group and appears very successfully in music series and festivals.
Arik served in the army as a soloist in the IDF Orchestra. He studied flute with the Philharmonic Orchestra flutist, the late Serjio Feidman, and with the jazz musician, the late Roman Kuntzman. He studied saxophone with the musician Peter Wertheimer, and contemporary music with the musicians Menachem Wiezimberg and Ilan Mohiah.
Arik has a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Tel-Aviv University. He also graduated of the Yoram Levinstein School of Arts, and performed in the Haifa Theater, Bet-Lessin Theater, Fringe Theater, Orna Porat Theater, He hosted shows on Israeli national Television.
Apart from his wide-ranging musical activities, Arik, together with his brother, Aviv Livnat established a special arts foundation- "The Raz-Ram Foundation", for orphaned children. The foundation works in all fields of the arts with Jewish, Arab, Druze and Bedouin children.
The Livnat brothers produced and recorded seven albums:
The first disc, "The One You Can't See" (1990) includes original music that was dedicated to their father, the pilot Arnon Livnat ,who was killed in the Six Day War. The second disc, "Meditation of the Sad Soul" (1997) is a fascinating adaptation of poems by various poets. The third disc, "Jewish Jazz live in Poland," (2000) was recorded live in the prestigious jazz club, Blue Note, in Poland and became part of the tour of 15 concerts throughout the country. The fourth disc, "A Child's Dream," (2002) won ACUM's "Golden Feather" award. The fifth disc "Arik Livnat" (2002), original music and songs. The sixth disc,"ven Yash is geforn" (2004) music based on the yiddish novel 'ven Yash is geforn'. The seventh disc "Manger Ballads" (2007) with Helen Beer.
"…The Livnat brothers are excellent, as regards both technique and improvisations. A contemporary view of instrumental music… Recommended!" Dani karpel
"…Arik Livnat's wonderful performance on the saxophone…whetted my appetite to hear the disc over and over again…" Baruch Askarov
"…Undeniably important talent. Arik Livnat is likely to be the saxophonist of the 90s…He plays the flute with the same degree of self assurance and adapts the solo parts to suit the nature of the instrument and of the piece…" Yossi Mar-Haim
"…The Livnat brothers are exceptional musicians and fascinating creators, who exhibit great sensitivity and talent in their combination of pop, jazz, and classical music…They are creatively adventurous and interestingly innovative… pure music, totally divested of commercial influences." Amos Oren
"…Jazz alone would not have brought out in Arik such soulful expressiveness…the two brothers are very versatile musicians who have mastered different styles." Yossi Harsonsky
"…The Livnat brothers… achieving poetry in a musical fusion full of soul…They deliver creative moments of great beauty and even deep emotion…" Yossi Harsonsky
"…The Livnat brothers sound is very well thought out and beautiful…" Yoav Kutner
"…The compositions of Aviv and Arik Livnat …can easily fall in love with them at first hearing…a very powerful concept that 'Ways' has developed here….simple, melancholic, and whetting the appetite for another album that will shortly be released…" Boaz Cohen
"Arik Livnat, a superb saxophonist and flautist – in a number of pieces which highlight his virtuosity, one of them together with Stevie Wonder!" Ya'akov Bar-On