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Israeli Australian composer & concert pianist Yitzhak Yedid has been acclaimed as one of the world’s leading composers of the Third Stream (Bailey, AAJ 2006). A master pianist and shrewd composer he has multiple awards to his name including the top two prizes for composers and performers in Israel. In 2009 he received in Israel the Landau Prize For the Arts and in 2007 he was awarded the prestigious Israel Prime Minister’s Prize for Classical Composers. He also won first composition prize at the International Oud Festival for his work Oud Bass Piano Trio and the first composition prize at the 17th International Harp Contest (regarded as the most important harp competition in the world) for his solo harp work Out to Infinity. Yedid was awarded The Judith Wright Artist in Residence grant (2009) and was a composer in residence at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2008. Yedid has also been awarded grants from Arts Queensland, the West Australian Department of Culture and the Arts and The Australian Council for the Arts.
Inspired by literature, philosophy, art and landscapes, Yedid’s compositions form a narrative of pictures, textures and colours. His music incorporates a wide spectrum of contemporary and ancient styles and creates a unique integration between improvisation, Arabic genres and contemporary Western classical music. A confluence between the Maqamat (the Arabic music modal system), heterophonic textures of Arabic genres and compositional approaches of jazz and contemporary Western classical music have been created to produce an original sound.
Ake Holmquist (Norra Skåne, Sweden) wrote that “Yedid integrates specific stylistic influences into a personal created unity. The manner in which he describes folkloristic influences and melancholic specific themes can remind of Béla Bartók; improvisatory float of hovering à la Keith Jarret”.
Yitzhak Yedid has performed at the Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Jordan Hall in Boston. He has performed his compositions with many ensembles in festivals and venues across Europe, Canada, the USA, Asia and Africa. His music has received hundreds of reviews in the international media.
Eleven CDs of Yedid’s compositions have been released by prestigious international publishers and distributers including Challenge Records International, Sony, Naxos, -btl-, Muse, MCI and Kaleidos, and more than 300 reviews of them have been published in the international music media. His latest CD was an award nominee for Most Original Australian Jazz Album in the 2013 Australian Jazz Bell Awards.
Dr Yitzhak Yedid has been based in Australia teaching and mentoring university music students since 2007. Currently, Yedid lecturers at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
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