Lior Eitan, one of the senior Israeli flutists, has been active for many years as a soloist and chamber musician. In addition to the flute, he also masters the piccolo, alto and bass flutes and often combines all four in his performances.
Born in Israel in 1963, he studied at the Tel-Aviv and Kiryat Ono conservatories. He served in the IDF Orchestra and in 1985 graduated cum laude from the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv University, where he studied with Uri Shoham. From 1985 to 1988 he served as Principal Flute of the Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva.
Since 1988, he has been Principal Piccolo of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He performs all over Israel, in the festivals of Kfar Blum, Tabcha, Abu Gosh and Voices in the Desert, and participates in radio broadcasts of the Etnachta concert series. As an internationally acclaimed piccolo player, he is often invited to take part in major conventions, where he gives master classes and recitals.
The performance of Israeli music has special significance for Lior Eitan. Approximately fifty Israeli works were written, dedicated and premiered by him. In addition, he regularly arranges masterpieces by classical composers for wind instruments. Some of these arrangements were published by Svitzer Edition, Denmark. In 1995 he recorded his first CD, featuring works for flute and harp.
As a member of the Israel Flute Ensemble, he took part in the recording of three CDs for the Centaur label. He also recorded for Meridian Records a CD of works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, arranged for piccolo and guitar. Recently, he took part in the Romeo Records production of a double CD featuring works by Israeli composer Yehezkel Braun and Rotem Luz.