Yaron Kohlberg, born in Jerusalem, is among today's top Israeli pianists. He played in major halls in forty countries over five continents and has won over ten prestigious international prizes. His performances won critical acclaim, and he was described by international media as "the pianist with the golden hands". Kohlberg, who was the student of Prof. Arie Vardi, speaks six languages and resides these days in China, where he performs regularly and gives masterclasses in Chinese. Recently he opened the YK Piano studio, which is his own performance and masterclass studio in Shanghai.
International piano competitions in which Kohlberg won top prizes include the prestigious Cleveland competition, the international Grieg competition in Oslo, the Shostakovich competition (Hanover) and so on.Between 1992 and 2008 he won annual scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (with distinction).
In recent years, Kohlberg was part of the successful "Duo Amal", together with his friend Bishara Haroni. In 2009 he obtained a master's degree with distinction from the Buchmann-Mehta school of music of Tel Aviv University. He served on the jury of international competitions in Israel, U.S, China and Mexico.
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