Yuval Herz


Israeli violinist Yuval Herz has performed as soloist and chamber musician in concerts and festivals around the world. He has won numerous awards and prizes in several competitions, including the Claremont Award in 2010 and the Aviv Competition in 2014. Mr. Herz is a recipient of America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships since 2003. Mr. Herz has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem, New Haifa, Ottawa, and Weimar-Jerusalem Symphony Orchestras, the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, and the NKO, under the conductors Michael Sanderling, Krystof Penderecki, Daniel Barneboim, Asher Fish, Michael Stern, Alain Trudel, among others. Mr. Herz has played solo recitals in China, Israel, Italy, Germany, Holland and Canada. He has performed in prestigious halls such as the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the National Arts Centre in Canada, the Poly Theater in Beijing, the Lincoln Center in New York City, and many more. He has served as the concertmaster of the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Second Violinist of the NKO. Mr. Herz has also participated in numerous summer festivals, among them the Young Artists Program at the National Arts Center in Ottawa, Perlman Music Program, and Keshet Eilon Mastercourse. He has taken part in masterclasses with Ida Heandel, Ivry Gitlis, Pinchas Zukerman, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Zakhar Bron, Arnold Steinhardt, and Miriam Fried.

Born in Jerusalem in 1989, Mr. Herz began his musical studies at the age of six. He studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and the University of Ottawa. His teachers have included Michael Gaisler, Roi Shiloah, Chaim Taub, Mauricio Fuks and Yehonatan Berick. Mr. Herz is currently completing his Masters at the New England Conservatory, studying with Donald Weilerstein. Mr. Herz performs on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, on loan to him from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
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