Ori Barel's concert works have been performed by the Ear Unit, New Century Players, The Formalist Quartet and the Berlin-based Cornucopia Ensemble. He has written solo pieces for performers such as Haim Shtrum and Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick. In 2007 his orchestral piece "Marcovaldo" was premiered and conducted by Mark Menzies with the Calarts orchestra.
He has worked with the Bedford Falls Company and Shiwago Films and composed music for films. These include the documentary feature "Silhouette City" (directed by Michael Willson), "The Man On Lincoln's Nose" (directed by Daniel Raim), which was nominated for an Oscar and "Icewind" (directed by Chris Silber). In 2006 he wrote music for "Three Towers", directed by Jonathan Bentovim and Emily Harris and written by Etgar Keret. The film won the Raindance award.
In addition, Barel has collaborated with visual artists such as Adam Berg and Gil Omry.
His music has been featured at museums and galleries including the Tel Aviv Museum, Haifa Museum, the Artists House Jerusalem and Overtones Gallery. Barel earned a B.A. in Music Composition at UCLA where he studied under Paul Chihara and a Masters degree at CalArts where he studied primarily with Michael Jon Fink. Other instructors included Ulrich Krieger, Marc Sabat and Anne LeBaron.