Liat Itzhaki is a singer, composer, lyricist and paytanit specialising in Jewish liturgical poems. Liat is a ground breaking feminine artist combining different Jewish traditions and sings fluently in Hebrew, Arabic, and Ladino.
She began studying classical piano at the age of 6 and later continued to play guitar, flute, harmonica, and mandolin.
During her childhood and adolescence, Liat lived with her grandmother, who taught her Arabic and introduced her to the traditional music of Jewish women.
Over the course of her career, Liat performs her original works, as well as piyyutim (liturgical poems) and contemporary adaptations of classic songs, at festivals and different prestigious stages in Israel and around the world. Liat has taken part in different shows and productions and has collaborated with a wide array of artists including Mira Awad, Dudu Tassa, Shlomo Bar, Lea Shabat, Jacky Levy, Ruhama Raz, and Erez Biton, among others.
Liat was among the pioneer piyyut creators in Israel when she joined the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra as a soloist. She subsequently appeared with other groups such as the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, the Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra, and the El Matruz Ensemble.
Liat was awarded numerous prizes such as the Israeli Dance Prize, ACUM annual prize, Mashiv haRuach and is a graduate of the Mandel program for cultural leaders
In 2012, Liat released her debut album, which bears her name and comprises songs she wrote and composed. The album was warmly praised by critics, and its songs were heard often on the radio.
The concept album Ke’arot shel Ahava, released in 2015, was dedicated to the poems of Tania Hadar composed by Liat. The album was acclaimed by critics and its songs were used as the soundtrack for the Ke’arot shel Ahava show.
Liat received an M.A. in Law. She is married to Danny and is the mother of five children.