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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, Kless 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 Kless began his public performance career at an early age, and he is still active as a soloist and 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, United States-based New Art Trio, Modus Trio, and many other projects around the globe. He enjoys collaborating with his son, Eyal, in duo violin repertoire. 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 Kless’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) and Bowdoin (U.S.A.), and he has 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 30 years a program for all music students that includes theoretical and practical classes, focusing on fundamental principles of instrumental teaching. For many years he stood at the head of the 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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