Tzvi Avni was born in Saarbrücken on 2 September 1927. In 1935 the Steinke family, as the Avnis were called at that time, went to what was then Palestine. After the state of Israel had been founded, Tzvi Avni studied at the Israel Music Academy in Tel Aviv. In 1962 he continued his studies in the USA in New York and under Aaron Copland in Tanglewood. In 1971 he became professor of musical theory and composition at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. Tzvi Avni is a honorary citizen of Tel Aviv and Saarbrücken. The Concerto for piano and with a smaller orchestra was composed in 2009/10 at the instigation of the pianist Heidrun Holtmann as a commission. Tzvi Avni's solo piano works since the 1990s often seem like a sort of diary, in which he processes episodes and experiences, as well as picking up new ideas and reflecting upon them. Heidrun Holtmann was awarded several prizes at national and international competitions. She performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich as well as with many other symphony and chamber orchestras in Germany and abroad.