Yair Kless

Yair Kless


Yair Kless was born in Israel and began playing the violin at an early age. He graduated from Tel Aviv Music Academy, under the tutelage of Israel Amidan. Following a recommendation from Nathan Milstein, Yair Kless moved to Brussełs to study with Prof. Andre Gertler in the Royal conservatory and Chapelle-Musicale Reine-Elizabeth, graduating with the highest distinction in both instrumental and chamber music.

Yair Kless began his public performance career at an early age, and is still active as a soloist and a chamber music player. His vast repertoire includes music from all periods, from Baroque to Modern, including premieres of works, some of which were written for, or dedicated to him.

Yair Kless was one of the founders and first violinist of the Sol-La-Re string quartet, recording, among others, major works by Israeli composers. He was a member of the Israeli Baroque Ensemble which toured extensively around the world, including the prestigious Salzburg Festival. Other ensembles and groups include the Tel-Aviv Piano Quartet, USA based New Art Trio, Modus Trio and many projects around the globe. He enjoys collaborating with his son, Eyal, in duo violin repertoire. Yair Kless performed the majority of the sonata repertoire, collaborating with outstanding musical partners, such as Nadia Reisenberg, Pnina Salzman, Shoshana Rudiakov, Arie Vardi, Victor Derevianko, Frank Wibout and many others.

One of the most prominent teachers in the world today, many of Yair’s students have successful solo and chamber music careers, win prizes in competitions and hold key positions in the musical world, such as concertmaster seats in famous orchestras and teaching positions in prestigious academies.

Yair Kless is a professor in Tel Aviv Music Academy (now the Buchman – Mehta School of Music). Throughout the years he has held the post of head of strings faculty as well as head of the academy. He also holds professorial posts in Graz Kunstuniversitat and in the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He annually participates in many prestigious festivals, such as Salzburg Summer Academy (Austria), Bowdoin (USA), and conducted master classes in every country of the European Union, Russia, the Far East, Australia and South America.

Further works include editing new editions of virtuosic violin pieces, gathering and publishing studies from the golden age of the Franco-Belgian school, and tutorial videos dedicated to the principles of violin playing. Yair Kless is annually invited to be a part of the jury panel of many international competitions.

Yair Kless sees great importance in educating future violin teachers, a subject that is very dear to his heart. In Tel Aviv Music academy, he initiated, created and has run for the last thirty years, a program for all music students that includes theoreticai and practical classes, which focus on fundamental principłes of instrumental teaching. For many years he stood as the head of a program in Stuttgart, which ran seminars for violin teachers, dedicated to furthering the knowledge about different teaching methods and styles. Yair Kless continues to hold master classes and workshop seminars dedicated to these subjects wherever he goes.

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Gniezno is a beautiful city founded in the 10th century and was the first capital city of Poland. It is located near Poznan in the center of Wielkopolska region. You can travel from Poznan to Gniezno by train
(50- 60 minutes). The lessons will take place in the Collegium Europaeum Gnesnense, (5-7 Kostrzewskiego Str, Gniezno), from 9th till 14th September 2013. Each active participant will be eligible for four 60-minutes lessons (pianist provided). Passive participants will be able to participate in all classes. Best students will be given an opportunity to perform during the festival concert.


Active students will be qualified according to the Participants’ Application Cards and an audition which will take place on the first day of the Masterclass. The remaining students will be offered a passive status.
Participants’ Application Cards along with the payment confirmation of 100 EUR of deposit should be sent by 15th July 2013 (date of the postal stamp) to:
Zygmunt Noskowski Foundation
ul. Płochocińska 107 U
03-044 Warszawa

The participation will be confirmed by 25th July 2013.

The total cost of the Masterclass for foreign active participants is 650 EUR. The price includes 100 EUR of deposit. The deposit is non-returnable in the event of resignation! The price includes lessons and accommodation in double or triple rooms as well as breakfast, lunch and supper (September 8th – 13rd  2013, 14th – only breakfast) at Collegium Europaeum Gnesnense  (5-7, Kostrzewskiego Str., Gniezno). The total cost of the Masterclass for foreign passive participants is 300 EUR. The price includes 100 EUR of deposit. The deposit is non-returnable in the event of resignation! The price includes participation in all lessons and accommodation in double or triple rooms and breakfast (September 8th–13rd 2013, 14th – only breakfast) at Adalbertus Hotel,     7a, Tumska Str, Gniezno.

All participants, both active and passive, will have free entrance to chosen concerts and festival events
of the 3rd Chamber Music Festival “Spaces of Music” taking place on 7th–13th September 2013.

Deposit should be made to:

Fundacja im. Zygmunta Noskowskiego
ul. Myśliwiecka 20 62-200 Gniezno
IBAN Number: PL 94 1090 2747 0000 0001 1539 1120
Description: Name Masterclass Deposit

Total payment should be made at the Noskowski Foundation Office on the day of arrival.

Masterclass Coordinator:

Magdalena Rucinska


+48 604 093 699

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