Israeli Pianist, Composer,

Arranger and

mysterious traveler: 

Dor Heled began his exploration in the world of sound at the age of 3, shredding his toy guitar to TV clips of Prince and Dire Straits. 

Dor was born in Israel in a a little town near Tel Aviv, and began his early piano lessons at the age of 6. He attended music schools and played with top groups around Israel until the age of 18. After his musical aspirations were curtailed by a stint as a commissioned officer in the Israeli submarine flotilla, he used the time spent under water as fuel for his future musical exploration. Following his highly decorated and honorable completion of service from the Navy, he formed Filthy McNasty, a Jazz quintet dedicated to the music of Horace Silver which performed in the best Israeli Jazz venues including Levontine 7, Shablul and The Zone, among others. He has performed with the Israeli Big Band at The Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Red Sea Jazz festivals, as well as Tel Aviv’s Einav Center for Culture. In 2013 he moved to New York  after graduating with honors from the prestigious Israeli Conservatory to further pursue his career and education. His New York club appearances include Cornelia St. Cafe, Birdland, The Metropolitan Room and Brooklyn Bowl among others. His trio was recently featured at the Rising Stars program as part of New York’s Hudson series. As a sought after sideman Heled backed up singer Yurie at the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and played along side saxophonist Eli Vanunu at the Toronto Jewish Music Festival.

A recent graduate of the New School for Jazz in New York city, he has established himself as a performer with a wide musical scope and sense of adventure. From composing to theater and modern dance (The Martha Graham Center, RIOULT Dance) , touring with various Jazz groups (Anbessa Orchestra) and performing music from his upcoming debut album - “Learning to dance”, his writing and playing possesses a special kind of joy de vivre, with musicianship and charisma that will lead any band to a memorable performance. He is the recipient of the Eubie Blake Piano scholarship and the Israeli conservatory for music merit award. Stay tuned for music, updates and show dates posted on this website.