Nadav Snir-Zelniker


Born in Israel in 1974, Nadav started playing drums at the age of 16. Soon he became involved with the local Israeli music scene, playing and recording with different Rock & Jazz artists. Throughout these years Nadav has absorbed elements and flavors of the local Mediterranean-music traditions.

In 1999, after receiving several honorary scholarships, such as the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Ulledorff Foundation, Nadav was able to move to the US and got his BFA degree in music-performance from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY-Purchase College, studying under drumming legends Adam Nussbaum and John Riley. Soon after his arrival in New York, Nadav became highly involved with the local music scene. His versatility enabled him to perform & record with artists from different genres: Jazz, Rock, Jewish/Middle-Eastern, Modern Dance, etc.

He has performed on major venues such as: Carnegie Hall – Zenkel Hall, Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Birdland, Iridium and many more.

His debut CD “Thinking Out Loud” was released in July 2010.

For the past 4 years Nadav has been co-leading the Israeli ensemble “Trio Shalva”, devoted to exploring Jazz and traditional music of the Mediterranean. In 2011 the group released its first album “Riding Alone” and in 2013, its second album – “Breeza”.