Known in Israel by her given name Achinoam Nini, Noa is Israel’s leading international concert and recording artist. Born in Tel- Aviv in 1969, Noa lived in NYC from age 2 until her return to Israel alone at the age of 17. Her family is originally from Yemen. After serving the mandatory two years in the Israeli Army in a military entertainment unit, Noa studied music at the Rimon School where she met her long-time partner and collaborator Gil Dor.
Noa‘s strongest influences come from the singer-songwriters of the 60s, like Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. These musical and lyrical sensibilities, combined with Noa‘s Yemenite roots and Gil Dor‘s strong background in Jazz, Classical and Rock, have created Noa and Gil‘s unique sound, manifested in hundreds of songs written and performed together. Noa plays percussion, guitar and piano.
Noa resides in Israel with her husband and 3 children. She is Israel’s leading international singer/songwriter, having shared the stage with superstars such as Sting, Pat Metheny, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli and many more, and is Israel’s first Good Will Ambassador for FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. She was also given the honorary title of Cavalliera de la Republica Italiana by Italy’s former President Napolitano, and is the recipient of the Chrystal Award of the World Economic Forum, where she was also chosen a Global Leader of Tomorrow.
Together with her longstanding collaborator Gil Dor, she has released over 15 albums which have sold millions the world over. Noa was the first Jew to perform in the Vatican 15 years ago and has done so many times since. She wrote lyrics to and recorded the hugely successful theme song for the Academy Award winning film “La Vita e Bella”. Noa sings in six languages, has collaborated with Symphony Orchestras around the world, and performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including the White House. Beyond her passionate commitment to music, Noa dedicates much of her time to promoting peace and dialogue between Israel and Palestine and to various social issues, volunteering extensively for organizations in these fields. She was the only leading Israeli artist to agree to perform in the historic peace rally where Yitzchak Rabin was murdered, an d has since become Israel’s most outstanding celebrity advocate for the two state solution. Noa has collaborated with numerous artists in the Arab world, including Khaled from Algeria and Nabil Salameh from Lebanon, but most notably with Israeli /Palestinian artist Mira Awad, with whom she represented Israel in the 2009 Eurovision, singing before and audience of many millions in Arabic, English and Hebrew. Noa is active on the public board of the Um EL Fahem Muesum of Art, the Arava Desert Institute and the Polyphony Music project of Nazereth, all institutes where Jews and Arabs meet to share knowledge, music and art, connecting them on the highest and deepest level possible.
Noa and Gil have performed on numerous occasions with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. They recorded an album with them during a live performance at Tel Aviv’s prestigious Mann auditorium in 1997, then in January 1998 they played a concert for 20,000 people in Phildelphias’ Corestates Arena with the Israel Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Philharmonic together conducted by Zubin Mehta. Maestro Mehta also conducted a gala concert for the Weizman Institute of Science with Noa and the I.P.O. which took place at the Sorbonne in Paris in May 2003. Over the years their symphonic projects have multiplied, including concerts with Symphony Orchestras from Lille, Messina, Parma and Murcia, an exciting evening in the Piazza de la Signoria in Florence with the Firenze Symphony in front of 18,000 people in 2005, and a concert with the Israel Philharmonic in Israel’s Yarkon Park in front of an audience of 100,000, also in the summer of 2005. All of these events were conduced by Ilan Mochiach who also arranged Noa and Gil’s songs for orchestra. In September 2003 Noa performed a vocal work entitled: “L’isola de la Luce ” (after the Greek island on which it was performed) written by Nicola Piovani especially for her voice. The work was commissioned by the Cultural Olympics Committee in Athens. On May 1st. 2004, Noa and Gil, together with the successful Israeli group “Mayumana”, gave an amazing joint performance between the two final games of the Euro-league basketball championship, broadcast to millions of television viewers around the world.
Noa singing in Krakow, Poland for the Pope’s visit on July 31st, 2016, in front of an audience of 2 million