EINAV YARDEN
Pianist
ZEFUNOT SCHOLARSHIP

Zefunot Culture introduced Einav to its audience in 2008.

PRESS QUOTES

"…ingenious mix of precision and natural rubati. A fascinating debut CD from a marvelous musician."

Carsten Dürer, Piano News

"...From the instant her inspired fingers touched the keyboard, it was clear that [Ms. Yarden] belonged among the top-flight of her generation. Her resume is formidable... huge talent... We shouldn't have to wait very long."

Harris Goldsmith, Musical America Directory, USA

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BIOGRAPHY

Pianist Einav Yarden is praised for her "...imagination and exceptionally vivid playing...Sense of immense majesty, tempered by gentleness and quiet grace." (Washington Post, USA), and her “glistening rapture…ingenious humor” (Tagesspiegel, Germany). In 2005 she completed four years of study with the renowned pianist Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory (Johns Hopkins University), earning with high honors a Masters of Music and a Graduate Performance Diploma. Prior to that she received a Bachelors of Music from the Rubin Music Academy of the Tel Aviv University under the instruction of Prof. Emanuel Krasovsky, and her early education was with Hadassa Gonen. Other piano guidance includes that of the eminent Georgian pianist Elisso Virsaladze, Richard Goode, and that of Prof. Zvi Meniker (on historical fortepianos).


In 2013 she released her debut solo CD, ‘Oscillations’, on the label Challenge Classics. The CD received international praise and was selected as CD of the Month on the important German magazine 'Piano News'.


Einav Yarden has appeared as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Rundfunk Chor, Minnesota Symphony, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Bucharest Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Philharmonic of Trier, Jerusalem Symphony, Plovdiv Philharmonic, the Israel Symphony Rishon Le-Zion, under conductors Sir Neville Marriner, Aldo Ceccato, Leon Botstein, Stefan Blunier, Horia Andreescu, Mark Russell Smith, Simon Halsey, Mendi Rodan and others.


She was the 3rd Prize Winner at the 2009 International Beethoven Piano Competition in Bonn, a Prize Winner at the 2006 Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition and was also a Finalist at the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition. In addition, she won in 2001 the First Prize at the Aviv Competitions, the most distinguished national competition in Israel, taking the Guralnik Prize and the Zilbermann Prize for best performance of a contemporary Israeli work (performing Avner Dorman's Sonata no. 2, which was written for her, and which she premiered). She was a recipient of the AICF scholarships, an important scholarship institution in Israel, between1996-2005.


Noteworthy stages she performed on as a soloist include the Berlin Philharmonie and the Berlin Philharmonie Chamber Music Hall, the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Berlin Konzerthaus, Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, The Phillips Collection Concerts, the French festival “La Roque d’Antheron”, Schumannsaal in Düsseldorf, multiple solo appearances in "Flâneries Musicales de Reims" festival. Also in France, she gave recitals in Paris's Salle Cortot, in the Auditorium of the Musée d’Orsay, the Grand Salon of the Hotel des Invalides and the Goethe Institute. As part of Lucern Festival in 2008, she was invited by Andras Schiff to take part in an intensive workshop on the five Beethoven concerti, which was also recorded and televised throughout Japan.


Her other festival participations include the Ruhr Piano Festival (Germany) Ravinia Festival (USA), Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Menton Festival (France), Upper-Galilee Chamber Music Festival (Israel), Aspen Festival (USA), and IMS Prussia Cove (England) among others. Since 2012 she spends the summers in northern Chicago as one of the three collaborative pianists at the prestigious program for piano and strings of Ravinia Festival's Steans Music Institute. Her performances were broadcast on BBC (England), Deutsches Welle, WDR, Deutschlandradio Kultur (Germany), France Musique (France), WQXR (New York), WFMT (Chicago), MPR (Minnesota), WBJC (Baltimore), CBC (Canada) and Israel’s Kol Hamusica.  While living in Israel, Einav was a member of the country’s leading contemporary group, the Israeli Contemporary Players with whom she also appeared as a soloist. She continues to integrate contemporary and lesser known repertoire in her performances.


A passionate chamber musician, and devotes herself regularly to collaborations with other musicians. She is now based in Berlin, Germany.