Kobi Oz was born in Sderot, Israel, in 1969 and lives in Tel Aviv. The founder and artistic director of a highly successful band, Oz blends east and west in his music, and his songs are frequently broadcast on Israeli radio stations. Oz speaks regularly about creativity, education, culture, society and creativity at schools, universities, and the army, and writes a weekly column in the mass circulation daily, Maariv. His work is included in the Education Ministry syllabus. He was awarded the Liebhaber Prize for Religious Tolerance in 2013.