Yair Kless


Yair Kless

Born in Israel, Yair Kless 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 moved to Brussels 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 quickly became a well-known soloist performer and chamber player. His vast repertoire ranges from Baroque to Modern, including premieres of works, some of which were written especially for or dedicated to him.

Yair was one of the founders and first violinists of the Sol-La-Re string quartet, recording among others, major works by Israeli composers. He was a member of the “Israeli Baroque Players” which toured extensively around the world, such a participating at the prestigious Salzburg Festival. Other ensembles and groups include the “Tel-Aviv piano quartet”, USA based “New Art Trio”, Modus Trio, Modus Ensemble and many international projects and festivals. He enjoys collaborating with his son Eyal, in duo violin repertoire.

Yair has performed the majority of sonata repertoire, collaborating with outstanding musical partners, such as Nadia Reisenberg, Phina Salzman, Shoshana Rudlakov, Arie Vardi, Victor Derevianko, Frank Wibout, Victor Yampolski and Pascal Sigrist.

Apart from chamber music activities, Yair holds a career as a soloist, having more than 30 violin concertos in his repertoire.

As one of the most prominent teachers in the world today, many of Yair’s students have reached successful solo and chamber careers, winning prizes in competitions and holding key teaching and performing positions.

Yair annually participates in many prestigious festivals, conducts master classes, and is often invited to be a part of the jury panels of many international competitions.

Current Positions

  • Tel Aviv University, Israel: Prof. for violin, violin pedagogy, and chamber music at Buchman Mehta School of Music
  • Kunst Universtat Graz, Austria: Prof in Violin-Konzertfach
  • Royal Northern College of Music, England: Visiting guest Professor