Liat Itzhaki is a singer, artist, and lyricist, as well as a television and radio presenter and moderator. She sings in Hebrew, Arabic, and Ladino.
She began studying classical piano at the age of 6 and later went on 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 has performed her original works, as well as piyyutim (liturgical poems) and contemporary adaptations of classic songs, at festivals and numerous other venues in Israel and around the world. Liat has been involved in many 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 the poet 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.
In 2008, Liat was awarded the Israeli Dance Prize.
In 2010, ACUM bestowed its annual prize on Liat in recognition of her works, songs, and melodies. (ACUM is the Hebrew acronym for the Association of Composers, Authors, and Publishers of Music in Israel.)
In 2014, Liat won the Mashiv haRuach prize for the music she composed for Keren Tal’s poem, Rega Ironi.
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. <To listen to and read about the album>
The concept album Ke’arot shel Ahava, released in 2015, was dedicated to Tania Hadar z”l, whose poems are sung by Liat. Liat composed all of the music, save for “Bo’ee Eema” and “Eema Hachi Nehederet”. The album was acclaimed by critics and its songs were used as the soundtrack for the Ke’arot shel Ahava show. <To listen to and read about the album>
Liat received an M.A. in Law. She is married to Danny and is the mother of five children.