Contestant 7 When someone in their mid-20s has already performed at Carnegie Hall, Kremlin in Moscow, the Kennedy Center, Oslo Opera House and United Nations hall, you know that you are dealing with a virtuoso. Yaron Kohlberg from Israel is a unique, young talent.
Born in Jerusalem in 1983, Yaron has won many prestigious international prizes. He came 2nd in the 2007 Cleveland International Piano Competition, won 1st prize and two special prizes at the Parnassos International Competition in Monterrey, Mexico and the Shostakovich International Competition in Hanover. Additional top prizes in international competitions include Andorra, Tivoli in Copenhagen, and the Grieg competition in Oslo.
He has performed across three continents, and had soloist appearances with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de l’Air in Paris, Colorado Strings Festival Orchestra, Bombay Chamber Orchestra, Amadeus Orchestra in Mexico, and Israel’s leading orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem and Haifa Symphony Orchestras.
Yaron Kohlberg performs regularly with Bishara Harouni in the highly acclaimed Israeli-Arab piano duo, in the Parnas/Kohlberg Trio and with Danish cellist Toke Moldrup.
In summer 2010 the WGBH Radio Station in Boston produced a CD in its Classical Performances series which included a live recording of Mr. Kohlberg’s performance of Schumann’s “Davidsbuendlertaenze”. He also recently released a disc with cellist Toke Moldrup on the Danish Classico label.
Mr. Kohlberg’s teachers include Luisa Yoffe, Eitan Globerson, and Arie Vardi. He is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University and is about to complete his master’s degree from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. He has given masterclasses in Israel, Mexico and Singapore and has served on the jury of national piano competitions in Israel and Mexico.