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Klartag, Yair

Yair Klartag was born in 1985 in Israel. He began to study composition with Ruben Seroussi at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, and pursued his Master’s degree at the Basel Academy of Music with Georg Friedrich Haas before he successfully defended his dissertation at Columbia University in 2019.

Klartag has received several awards such as the Irino Prize and the Kompositionspreis der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart; he was also a resident artist at the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program. Klartag’s approach to the composing process focuses on the continuous perception of the listeners: “I never perceive a piece of music as a whole, but rather as a continuous evolving experience – a series of ‘nows’. […] I care a lot about the inner form of a sound – understanding the duration that it needs to unfold and to be perceived. Playing with and against these inherent durations of sounds is one of the most frequently used strategies in my compositional tool box.”

Yair Klartag’s new Concerto Grosso is to be premiered in October 2019 by the Meitar Ensemble and the Thelma Yellin Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Pierre-André Valade. He is writing a new performative piece for the Munich Biennale 2020.

In 2019, Yair Klartag has been selected as one of the laureates of ricordilab.

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